The Art of Threatened Species




Floral motifs and plant designs have adorned the ceramic surface for millennia, providing an endless source of shapes and patterns, unthreatening and calming; connecting us to the lifeforce of a tamed nature. The earliest motifs were likely scratched into soft clay and developed throughout culture and time in endless styles, using various techniques. The depiction of whole plants with botanical accuracy emerged from the Chelsea factory in London around 1755, inspired by scientific developments in botanical illustration alongside technological advances in English porcelain and china painting.1 The famous 2000-piece Flora Danica made by the Royal Copenhagen factory is an example of this approach, painted from the botanical work Flora of the Kingdom of Denmark.


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