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
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.