The head of Elisa Bonaparte as a porcelain cup

Elisa Bonaparte

Elisa Bonaparte, or more accurate and in full; Marie Anne Elisa Bonaparte Baciocchi Levoy (1777-1820) Princess of Lucca and Piombino and the Grand Duchess of Tuscany (1805-1815) was a younger sister of Napoleon. If you’re interested in that long and acurate name click HERE to find out more about her family life. Elisa was actually a political ruler, click HERE if you want to know the ins and outs about that.

Fascinating drinking cup

In this post we would like to elaborate on the love Elisa B. had for the arts and we want to focus especcially on a cup she used to drink from. This fascinating cup came in the shape of her own head and it was made by the Doccia porcelain manufactory, founded by Carlo Ginori. This little cup has been reproduced since ages, up until nowadays in biscuit porcelain. Next to drinking from her own head, Elisa B. also, at one point ordered twelve lifesize busts of her own image, made from Carrera marble, which was her property since the town is situated in Tuscany. We, at Mimi Berlin, have to dig deeper into that history some other time ’cause we’ve seen much more of her face on several items.

In the Netherlands this little cup is available only at the Mek store in Amsterdam, thhahanks to Gerard van Riel from Mek for telling us this story.

images via thefrenchporcelainsociety.com / labirintodifrancomariaricci.it

Chang and Eng Bunker Figurine

Chang and Eng Bunker

This wonderful antique porcelain figurine is probably a souvenir from the mid 1800s. It’s a ‘portrait’ of the famous Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker. The Bunker’s performed throughout the mid 1800’s and had 21 children combined. Change and Eng passed away 1874 at the age of 62.

Chang and Eng Bunker Figurine

Siamese Twins

The original Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–1874), were born in Siam (Thailand). The brothers traveled the world for many years as performers. (or freaks) Chang and Eng were joined at the torso by a band of flesh and they had fused livers.. Due to the brothers’ fame and the rarity of the condition, the term “Siamese twins” is still used as a synonym for conjoined twins.

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Bracelet Designs by Studio O’Sullivan for Balenciaga

Bracelet Designs by Studio O’Sullivan for Balenciaga

These huge bangles, designed by Damian O’Sullivan for Balenciaga are named Mug Porcelain Bracelets. Don’t let that name fool you though. These bracelets are made of brass with a porcelain effect. Easy to wear and Stunning. Auch Haben!

Photography: Mikael Jansson. Vogue Paris September 2017

)Images via studioosullivan.com / universomovieforward.com)

Bodo Sperlein for Lladró

Bodo Sperlein for Lladró

How absolutely wonderful is this high-end porcelain serveware designed by Bodo Sperlein for Lladró!? It’s a retired series but we, at Mimi Berlin, found the butterknife with the horses’ leg as handle (!) at Mek in the Hartenstraat, Amsterdam. Auch Haben!Bodo Sperlein for LladroEQUUS and Lladro Re-Cyclos Magical

“Re-Cyclos is a creative proposal of new and evocative works made from Lladro’s classic figurines. Lladro Re-Cyclos Magical by Bodo Sperlein came into being when the porcelain brand invited prestigious designers from all over the world to reinterpret its creations. Well acquainted with the workings of porcelain, Sperlein decided to focus on Nature using delicate elements of Lladro to create new and surprising jewelry accessories, and lighting and decor objects” (read more lladro.com) Continue reading

Helen Konig Scavini for Ceramiche Lenci

Helen Konig Scavini for Ceramiche Lenci

OMG! How ridiculously beautiful are these porcelain face masks!? They are made in the 1930s by Helen Konig Scavini. Auch Haben! with our own “History of Circus Legends” headscarves!!!

images via invaluable.com / the-saleroom.com

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Altered Dishes by Caroline Slotte

Altered Dishes by Caroline Slotte

“The reworking of second hand objects play a pivotal role in Caroline Slotte´s practice. She manipulates found materials, primarily ceramic everyday items, so that they take on new meanings.” Caroline Slotte

At first glance the stacked plates are nothing special but in the close-up you can see the fine detailing wich make this work so special. Must be mesmerizing in real life!

(images via thisiscolossal)