Pair of River Chase Ardmore Napkins in Chalk Colour
Crocodiles and Strelitzia, or Bird of Paradise flowers, combine with vines and banana leaves in this design which celebrates these ancient reptiles and the beautiful flora of the Zambezi basin.
50 x 50 cm (19.69" x 19.69")
Ardmore is a thriving artist community creating unique ceramics in KwaZulu-Natal and was founded by Fée Halsted in 1985 at the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains and where she began teaching locals how to model and paint pottery.
The sale of Ardmore works uplifts and supports the Ardmore community and their families as the artists are paid per piece and have a guaranteed market for their craft.
There are now more than sixty artists working in collaboration at Ardmore under Fee’s guidance. Two or three artists are involved in each piece, which is individually thrown on the potter’s wheel, modelled and hand-painted. Each piece is unique and masterpieces can take several months to complete.
Energetic movement, intricate detailing and vibrant color defines the Ardmore aesthetic. Safari animals burst with life from luxuriant foliage to form quirky vases, candlesticks, tureens and teapots. There are also exciting forms of sculptural art based on Zulu folklore and tribal traditions.
Since 2010, the fantasy world of Ardmore has been translated into a range of fabric designs, which have been made into tablecloths, napkins and runners. Stylish ladies’ handbags featuring the flora and fauna of Africa have been followed by sophisticated silk scarves by Hermès, the luxury French design house. The ideas of a new generation are now making an impact at Ardmore with Fee’s children Jonathan, Catherine and Megan Berning working with young sculptors and painters, including children of the original Ardmore artists.
Christie’s auction house has acknowledged Ardmore artworks as “modern-day collectables”. Exhibitions of Ardmore are held in art galleries around the world and represented in public collections, such as the Museum of Art & Design in New York and the Museum of Cultures in Basel. The largest American collection can be seen at the Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts in South Florida.
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