Capodimonte Porcelain & China
With a history that dates back to Bourbon royalty, Capodimonte porcelain and china is a beautiful addition to your home. The china is formed into delicate shapes and then carefully hand painted, giving Capodimonte porcelain pieces an almost real-life appearance.
Capodimonte is possibly most famous for its porcelain figurines. Faces have life-like features and expressions, and the figures seem frozen in time as they're caught in the middle of dancing, chatting or working. Figurines are available in a variety of styles, from corseted ladies with ballooning skirts and delicate lace bodices to stylised tramps, cherubs and children.
Flowers and Centrepieces
Roses, lilies and daisies are just a few of the flowers captured in porcelain by Capodimonte's artisans. Single flower heads are often set on pewter stems, whilst table centrepieces are created using dozens of china blooms. Many smaller pieces were originally created as wedding favours, gifts given to wedding guests as a thank-you by the bride and the groom.
Of course Capodimonte makes a whole range of other porcelain items, including cups and saucers, vases and fancy teapots. Trinket boxes and candlesticks are also popular. Dogs and birds are among the ornaments produced.
Capodimonte's roots date back to the Bourbon dynasty. King Charles founded The Royal Factory of Capodimonte in Naples, Italy, in 1743. To this day, Capodimonte pieces are produced by artisans who hand carve the moulds that the porcelain is poured into. After the item is fired, an artist hand paints it before it the colour is fixed in a final baking.
Early porcelain pieces (1743-1771) are marked with a fleur-de-lys or a stylised version. From 1771 to 1967, the mark is an N with a crown above it, apart from pieces produced from 1890 to 1896 when the crown was above a G and in 1772 when it was above an R. Modern day pieces are either back stamped with a mark that includes the word ‘Capodimonte' or impressed with ‘LPA'.