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.
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This is my 2nd purchase from porcelain gardens and I love their products, not only are they functional they are beautiful as well. Customer service was excellent. Highly recommend
This is one of the most beautiful things I've seen in my entire life. I actually purchased this myself over 30 years ago at a gift shop. I have a much younger co-worker who always goes above and beyond and I know she would love this, so I got one for her Christmas present. I am so glad you are still in business, as you have some truly beautiful works of art for a reasonable price.
I love Fairy Moon-NR129...
I saw this at a store in southern North Carolina in the fall and bought two of the lights, Fairy Moon was one of them. I've since ordered two more as gifts. Everyone has loved them including me (I gifted the first to myself...). Simply beautiful...
Beautiful night light!
I bought this for my young niece's newly renovated bathroom. She loves it, and the little fairy is just the most perfect night light!
This is magical..I am over the moon delighted!