Bourg-Joly Malicorne Chinoiserie Hand-Painted Ceramic Dessert Plate

The beautiful hand-painted scene on this Bourg-Joly Malicorne plate is called The Fisherman. To bring it to life, skilled craftspeople in Malicorne sur Sarthe in France paint free-hand onto the raw enamel, applying oxide-based colours with a brush – a technique that dates back to the 18th century. The result is a real talking point for the table.

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Meet the Maker:

Bourg-Joly Malicorne

Jean Loiseau founded Bourg-Joly Malicorne in 1747 in the heart of the Sarthe Valley, France, making it the oldest earthenware manufacturer in the region. Over time, its savoir-fare has been handed through the generations, resulting in centuries-old processes that craftspeople continue to honour today. Their earthenware is made from a precise recipe – clay, sand and minerals – that undergoes a meticulous purifying process. Each piece is calibrated, moulded, turned, trimmed, glazed and fired (twice) to extreme temperatures. Look out for lace-inspired openwork applied with a scalpel and free-hand painting with a watercolour quality.