Established in 1290, Coimbra's University is one of the oldest in Europe.
The city lies on a hill with it's cobblestone streets and winding roads. In this wonderful city, the university students wear black capes and you can still find women washing their clothes in the river.
Do you love the hand painted pottery from Coimbra? Please read history below of this whimsical art form! Two of the "dishes" are painted in this ancient Coimbra style.
The tiles are 2 cm square. WATERPROOF, lightweight and with tile design on BOTH sides! 925 Silver Frames and components.
Wear a Piece of History!
All my tiles are replicas made of polymer clay where the image actually becomes part of the clay through baking. No glue is used in the process. The pieces become waterproof and scratch resistant. Due to the handmade and hand shaped nature of each tile, slight variations will occur, as no two pieces are alike.
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HISTORY OF 17th CENTURY COIMBRA POTTERY
Ancient written documents have shown the "National Ceramic" production has existed in the Coimbra area since the year 1145 . Documents also show approval and regulation since the 16th century of "malegueiros" or artisans who fired the ceramic pieces twice. The first firing was to obtain the raw white clay pottery piece and the second firing was after the decorative painting had been applied. Portuguese sailors from the Age of Discoveries brought back beautiful faience pieces from China which had a great impact on the artisans. The faience painted in this region is unique to Portugal and represents the Oriental tradition, as well as Arabian influence. In the last century, ceramic societies decided to reproduce 17th century faience pieces that had been exhibited in museums and private collections of the city. Just outside of the city of Coimbra are the Roman ruins named Conimbriga. These ruins were also a source of artistic inspiration for the ceramics produced. These artisans still possess the ancient knowledge to produce the original colors, such as sepia and blue by using ancient substances. The motifs of the Coimbra faience portray hunting scenes, castles, coats of arms, feathers and plumage of exotic birds, outlines of Arabian-influenced backgrounds, and many more.
All of them have such a peculiar effect that they give the faience a typical feature impossible to be mistaken or confused with any other faience.
The decoration is entirely handmade, signed and dated by the artisan, making each piece exclusive and unique.
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