This beautiful Della Robbia ceramic plaque is hand made in Italy.
It has two holes on the top border to be hanged.
It can be placed outdoors in the garden or in the home for decoration (in Italy you actually see these pieces outdoors, cemented to the wall, as a benediction to the house, since people have them blessed).
The vibrant colors will not fade with time.
It is a reproduction of one of the famous tondos in glazed terracotta, by Andrea Della Robbia on the Loggia of the Ospedale degli Innocenti (1419, Piazza S.S. Anunziata, Florence). The Ospedale was the first institution of its kind in Italy and Europe and it still serves as an orphanage today, as well as the local nursery school.
It was created to take care of and bring up orphans and abandoned children as well as give them a trade.
On the left of the portico one can see an inscription above a small closed window, decorated by two puttos (babies). It is there as a reminder of the "wheel", which functioned until 1875, where mothers placed their unwanted babies when they were unable to bring them up. Today the last name "Degli Innocenti", in its various forms, can still be said to have originated from here.
What is terra cotta?
Terra cotta is a hard semi fired waterproof ceramic clay used in pottery and building construction. The name is Italian for "baked earth". Our terra cotta pieces are hand made with the well know clay from Montelupo (Florence, Italy). The characteristics of this fine and excellent clay are very unique: its chemical composition in fact makes it very hard and long lasting. Also the richness of mineral salts, after being baked, makes its unique typical color of a red-pinkish tone, never homogeneous. It is called Galestro clay. The look of terra cotta becomes more beautiful with time, getting a layer of salts and other agents and also from the dust in general. That is why durability for an object made of terra cotta is important and the excellent quality of the Galestro clay guarantees it. In Italy, some people actually, accelerate the aging process of the object made of terracotta by keeping the surfaces of the pottery always humid. An object made with a good quality clay will last for years... even centuries!!
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