Ceramic and porcelain



One of the sections in The Malacological Museum of Cupra Marittima is related to the name of Bassano del Grappa and it’s porcelain.
For years sea shells have been a model for sculptors, artists and ceramists of the world; we can see fountains with stylized tridacnas and scallops, as well as buildings, both private and public, decorated with shell themes.
The ceramists of Bassano del Grappa often use malacological subjects on  their lamps, plates, vases, boxes, and also on porcelain works that can be made precious with gold and titanium.
The shells they make sometimes look so similar to the natural ones that it’s hard to say if they are  sculptures or real shells. Sometimes artists simply take inspiration from shells to create an original  piece of art,  where the model is hardly recognisable.
Some firms use the shell theme in their ceramic plate sets for seafood. Some others, as for example Rosenthal (Germany) call stylists such as Versace to decorate their elegant sets of plates, cups ecc. with the malacological topics (“the treasures of the sea”).
In this special section of the museum there is also a little space dedicated to the glasswork of Murano and to the works of silversmiths which are able to cover real sea shells with silver.