This is a "lithophane"; a thin translucent porcelain night light, made using a lost art from the 1800's. When lit from behind, the light shining through the different thicknesses of the carving causes a highly detailed image to appear in front, almost magically. As you see, the illuminated image is so detailed, that it has a totally photographic quality to it! In addition, the relief of the carving gives the image a 3 dimensional quality when seen in person. To make them, we start by carving the image in a translucent wax, with the wax lit from behind. We then take a plaster mold of this engraving, and we then cast a fine porcelain clay into this mold. We then kiln fire the porcelain to 2300 degrees F. to achieve it's translucency and durability. Lithophanes were invented in France in 1827, and were popular throughout Europe till the early 1900's. They mysteriously faded from popularity with the advent of electricity, which is ironic as they look way better with electric light than candles. We first started making them 32 years ago by reproducing the antique ones. We eventually learned how to engrave our own originals, and this has been our specialty ever since. Our lithophanes truly make for a beautiful and practical piece of art that you will use daily for year after year! This beautiful Fairy is from an original image by David Delamare. We make a number of lithophanes with his Fairies and Mermaids. The subtle beauty of his work, the shading, the composition, everything about his art makes them so perfect for our pieces. This mirthful sprite, perched playfully on a branch, is holding a fallen star under a moonlit sky. She is our best selling Fairy design.
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I have been using the porcelain night lites as a gift probably for most new mothers for at least 10 years when I bought my first when I was staying at Pawlys Island about 10 years a go. My favorites one is anything with angels or the moon or stars. You are not making the one I have now which I broke and glued it back together. It is of a young girls profile with her hands underneath her chin looking at a bird. If you thought you could do it again I would buy it . This was one of the first ones I bought.
This and the other fairy night lights that I purchased are very pretty and a welcome addition to my night light collection.
Your night lights light my way. Old and with a cane I go. The night lights that I purchased all have to do with the unknown. Are there really fairies and toadies that sing in the night? While the fairies walk down the forest path or stop when it's almost light out....they up to the lovely Calls Lilly to sleep until dusk. Then it starts all over again... Catching falling stars and putting them in her pocket. Goodnight! Sssshh she's asleep....