Contrade Set of 17 Appetizer/ Dessert Plates From Siena
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The Contrade hand-painted appetizer/dessert plates from Siena are now available in a set of 17 District designs. The plates, all brightly painted in joyful colors and designs, bring joy to any occasion. These plates of the Contrade are rich with history. During the Renaissance, Siena was partitioned into districts or neighborhoods called Contrade to supply troops to the military. Typically, there were trademen within the neighborhoods and represented by a symbol or animal. These are the designs on the Contrade Dinnerware. Today, the people of Siena are as passionate as it ever for their Contrade. Each district competes in the Piazza del Campo rides for the glory of winning a biannual horse race called the Palio di Siena, which dates back to 1656.
Contrade of Siena
Eagle | Notaries
Silkworm | Silk Trade
Snail | Terracotta Makers
Owl | Shoemakers
Dragon | Bankers
Giraffe | Painters
Porcupine | Blacksmiths
Unicorn | Goldsmiths
She-Wolf | Bakers
Seashell | Potters
Goose | Dye Makers
Dolphin | Carpenters
Panthers | Grocers, Chemists and Steamers
Turtle | Sculptors
Ram | Tailors
Elephant | Wool Combers
Rhinoceros | Archers & Weavers
In 1986, Walter Staccioli began producing Italian ceramic pieces incorporating the Contrade patterns of Siena. Today, based upon each Contrada’s individual flag that festoons rider and horse in events surrounding the Palio di Siena, Sonia Staccioli and her sister Jada carry on the traditions. These works of art can only be found exclusively at Biordi and the Staccioli workshop at the Piazza del Campo in Siena.
Italian ceramics are heirloom quality products, and can last lifetime with proper care. We have some suggestions that will preserve your majolica for years to come.
Majolica is dishwasher safe, but many people choose to hand wash their pieces as a precaution. Because majolica is a porous material, some pieces are not meant to hold liquid for a long period of time. Check for warning labels before ordering a product, as the pieces that are most notorious for "sweating" are appropriately labeled.
Majolica is sensitive to extreme temperatures, specifically boiling or freezing liquids. Pouring water with a rolling boil directly into a teapot, for example, may lead to breakage. To avoid this, temper the object. The industry standard is 620 degrees Celsius (1,148 degrees Fahrenheit). Quench the glass to cool it.
Crazing is common in well used majolica. The tiny cracks in the glaze do not affect the functionality of your majolica.
Majolica hand-crafted products should not be microwaved, as it may crack and/or break the ceramics.
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