The Hidden Treasures of Portugal

Faience

Our exquisite decorative faience collection is inspired by Portuguese traditional ceramics of the XVII and XVIII centuries. The detailed designs are spontaneous and elaborate. Special attention is given to the decoration of each piece. The fine miniature patterns represent colorful floral scenes in which fowl and fawns are featured along with other various details of centennial life of the period. These faience pieces are a popular favorite with discriminating buyers. The pieces are recreated and adapted to our demanding lifestyle, using traditional methods. Each item is a potter's own artistic creation, expressed with a passion for excellence and signed by the artist. Dishwasher and microwave safe. FDA approved.


All of our Faience pieces are Special Order Only. Please call 919 949 1365 for more information and to place your order.

FLOWER VASE
This subtle and sophisticated flower vase will bring charm to your table or desk. Hand painted in Portugal depicting images of Portuguese XVIII century; animals, enchanted castles and floral scenes. Flower vase measures 6” x 3“. The design and colors may change slightly from the photo on our web site. Each vase is an original design, signed by the artist. (#79)








COLUMN CANDLE STICK
If the occasion calls for a proper set table, this candlestick will be perfect. It is hand painted in Portugal using images of XVIII century nobility: animals, castles, and floral scenes. The foot is pierced so the candlestick may be electrified. Each piece is signed by the artist. The candlestick measures 11” x 5”. Each candlestick is an original so the design and color may change slightly. (#192) )








ESPRESSO COFFEE CUP
This elegant espresso cup is a perfect gift for dads, a boss or a coffee connoisseur. Use it for every special occasion! Each cup measures 5”x 3”. The design and colors may change slightly from the picture. Each is an original design, signed by the artist. (#265)








BOX
This elegant heirloom quality box may be used on the table for butter or candies, on a dresser for jewelry or on a desk for paperclips and stamps. Whichever the use, it will adorn your home with elegance and style. Hand painted in Portugal depicting XVIII century scenes of Portuguese nobility. The design and colors may change slightly from the picture. Each box is signed by the artist. Box measures 4” x 7” x 3". Each is an original design. (#148)







OIL & VINEGAR SET
This opulent oil and vinegar set is quite unique. Each piece comes with its own small round base plate. They are as useful as they are decorative. The fine miniature patterns depict floral scenes, enchanted palaces and animals from Portuguese XVIII century. Set measures 7” x 5”. The design and colors may change slightly from the picture. Each is an original design, signed by the artist. (#307)








PITCHER
Use this elegant pitcher to serve iced water, tea, juice or as a center piece. The artistic work of this unique heirloom piece will bring many memories to you and yours. Each pitcher is signed by the artist. The design and colors may change slightly from the picture. Pitcher measures 7" x 6". It holds 2 pints. Each piece is an original design. (#152)







ROUND PLATTER
The classic detailed design on this platter is spontaneous and elaborate. Special attention is given to the decoration of this piece. The fine miniature pattern represents colorful floral scenes, fawns and other details of centennial life of the Portuguese XVIII century period. Use it or display it with pride. The foot is pierced for easy hanging.

Dinner plate measures 10" x 1 1/2"; Salad plate measures 8 1/2" x 1"; Soup bowl measures
9" x 2"; Round charger measures 12 1/2" x 2"; Medium oval platter measures 14" x 10" x 2";
Large oval platter measures 16" x 12" x 2"

Each piece is signed by the artist. The design and colors may change slightly from the picture.




SALT & PEPPER SHAKERS
What a pretty set! This elegant heirloom salt & pepper set rests on its own dainty holder. The scenes represented are replicas of XVIII century Portugal; floral, fawns and castle. Each is signed by the artist who painted it. The set measures 6” x 5”. The design and colors may change slightly from the picture. Each set is an original design. (#351)









SQUARE PLATE
Use this classic hand-painted square plate as a dinner plate, a serving platter or on a stand on the mantel. The foot is pierced for easy hanging. The design and colors may change slightly from the example pictured. The plate measures 10” x 10” x 1 ½”. Each plate is an original, signed by the artist. (#417B)







AZULEJOS (TILE)
Azulejos (a-zoo-lay-zhosh) are found everywhere in Portugal, brilliantly adorning public buildings and homes in artistic and exotic ways. The word Azulejos comes from an Arabic word az-zulayi meaning “polished stone”. Used by royalty, spiritual leaders and peasants alike since the 15th century, they depict scenes from history or simple life, often in opulent ways. More than any other nation, Portugal still consistently uses them, keeping them a vital part of the country’s art form.

Bela Imports is proud to offer these hand painted ceramic tiles for your home, to compliment our XVIII line. They can be used as a backsplash in the kitchen, as a wainscoting border in the dining room, bathroom, or outside in the deck. They come 6” x 6” x 1/4” deep.
 

 

OVAL TOOTH PICK HOLDER
Used in Portugal in most elegant homes, the toothpick holder is as practical as it is a conversation piece. Toothpicks are inserted into the container through the orifice at the top. Then, the container is gently shaken in a downward motion, and the toothpicks appear, one or two at a time. Each holder is hand-painted using details of Portuguese XVIII century scenes. Toothpick holder measures 2”x 4”. Each is an original design, signed by the artist. The design and colors may change slightly from the picture on our web site. (#133)






VEGETABLE SERVING BOWL
This bowl will compliment your faience pieces, or use it with other place settings. Hand painted in Portugal depicting miniature, colorful hunting scenes of Portuguese XVIII century. Small bowl measures 7" x 3” high. Large bowl measures 10 1/2" x 4" high. The design and colors may change slightly from the picture. Each is an original design, signed by the artist.








  OVAL PLATTER
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PLATE
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