The china and dinnerware collection of Gien
The Gien faience manufacturer is widely known for its elaborately designed, hand-painted decorations illustrating the Provencal "joie de vivre" and its rural charm. Yet Gien can also offer simple and abstract designs as well as complex motifs from the plant and animal worlds. For example, the fascinating "Oiseau Bleu" dinnerware (Blue Bird) with its magnificent images of fruits and flowers. Puristic, but equally as impressive, are the contours in azure blue that decorate Gien’s elegant and timeless "Filets Bleus" dinner service, a beautiful tableware that evokes dreams of sunny excursions to the seaside.
Gien’s faience collection reflects the motifs of ceramic art from over three centuries. Among these are the colourful birds in the fanciful flora of the "Oiseaux de Paradis" dinnerware (Birds of Paradise). But even in Gien’s younger, more recent designs, poetry and exotic fascination are still major motifs in the decorations. "Chevaux du Vent" (Horses of the Wind) is enthused with the vitality and majesty of noble Arab horses for example. Gien’s decoration motifs celebrate the fascination and the rich diversity of nature.
Faience describes ceramic products based on fine porous earthenware. They are fired at a temperature of 1200 degrees Celsius, which is a lower temperature than is used for porcelain, then are immersed in a bath of glaze and fired once again. This produces the final colour of the faience product.
In addition to the faience dinnerware already selected, Artedona can, of course, supply you with any other dinner service you may desire from the Gien collection.