Once a container for medicinal substances, today an elegant furnishing item.
The centre of the item bears a title piece of the Spanish word for the medicinal plant "Camepiteos"; it is overlaid by a heraldic crest, the emblem of a noble Florentine lineage.
This has a particular significance for Aboca as the Chamaepitys is a medicinal plant with cleansing properties, much used in ancient times. In the Tuscan dialect it is called "Abiga"; and it is from this word that we derive the name Aboca.
The vase was created by the Grand Maestri of the craft from Montelupo Fiorentino and it is a faithful copy, in form and decoration, of the original held at the Aboca Museum.
The Aboca project, an exploration of the profound bond between man and nature, is helping to recover ancient and wise craft techniques. For this reason the production of items is entrusted to the expertise of the masters of the art reviving the centuries-old tradition synonymous with Italy throughout the world.
The process of working the ceramic involves a fine, russet-coloured clay being turned on a lathe and then dried.
The resulting majolica is engobed, or covered with a semi-liquid clay, and given an initial firing at 980°.
The item is then immersed in a glaze obtained from a mixture of colours similar to that used in the 16th century potteries and duly prepared for Aboca.
The decorators trained at the school of Montelupo Fiorentino then paint by hand.
The glaze then undergoes a second firing at 920°. Lastly it is aged via a cold process of applying a varnish diluted with turpentine and wax.