Bourg-Joly Malicorne Antique Fleurs Hand-Painted Ceramic Oval Serving Dish

Patterned displays don’t always feature in Bourg-Joly Malicorne’s collections, but when they do, the results are quite something. For example, each petal and frond in the Antique Fleurs series is painted free-hand on the raw enamel with a brush and oxide-based colours. As a result of this centuries-old technique, every piece is different to reflect the unique personality of the maker’s hand.

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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.