UncommonGoods
my cart shopping cart checkout

porcelain horse chestnut sculpture

by Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart
Handmade
This item is sold out and no longer available.

Click here to see more items in UncommonGoods' assortment.
  • the story

Porcelain Imposter

Even to the naked eye, this handmade porcelain horse chestnut sculpture looks impossibly like the real thing. The proportions, six layers of glaze, and hand-positioned spikes form an object that is perfectly true to life - right down to the graceful pewter twig. Part of the husk is removable, revealing a pair of beautifully polished chestnuts inside. Like their natural counterparts, each sculpture is slightly different, a unique piece to be treasured by any nature lover. Handmade in England by Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart of Penkridge Ceramics.

  • details
Handmade
Item ID
15111
Made from
porcelain ECO silk paper
Measurements
4.5" L x 3.25" W x 3.25" H
Notes
Image above shows two sculptures.
  • the maker
Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart

Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart

Lorraine Taylor and Nicky Smart's Penkridge Ceramics began in 1984 in Penkridge, a village in Staffordshire, England. They specialize in making super realistic replicas of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Resembling still life paintings and organic forms, these delicious hand painted sculptures have been featured in galleries, museums and BBC television shows.

For their fruit pieces, Taylor and Smart select a fruit specimen that they wish to recreate. They gravitate towards interesting shapes and ones that look orchard-grown rather than supermarket perfect.

Next, the artists make molds of several pieces of fruit out of plaster. After the molds dry, they begin the casting process using liquid clay. Each piece goes through six glazes. The different kiln-firings create depth, color and texture.

Finally, the pieces are hand painted, including quirky blemishes and imperfections. Sculptor Alan Ballantyne assists the two women by providing hand painted pewter leaves and twigs for the porcelain sculptures.

You might also like…

  • reviews
  • q & a

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
PORCELAIN HORSE CHESTNUT SCULPTURE
 
4.8

(based on 4 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Living room (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • High-end shopper (3)

Reviewed by 4 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-4

Back to top

 
4.0

Excellent quality

By 

from Spokane, WA.

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Realistic
  • Unique

Cons

  • Keep away from children
  • Spines very sharp

Best Uses

  • Bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room

Comments about PORCELAIN HORSE CHESTNUT SCULPTURE:

Quite attractive and realistic looking

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

Comment on this review

 
5.0

This is a winner

By 

from Lakewood, OH

About Me High-end Shopper

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

  • Delicate

Best Uses

  • Living Room

Comments about PORCELAIN HORSE CHESTNUT SCULPTURE:

The detail is fantastic! I collect art pieces with a botanical theme. I have never seen anything quite like it. It does have pointy spines so delicate handling is a must. I have it displayed on a tiered shelf unit with plants and other ceramics. VERY COOL!

Comment on this review

 
5.0

Beautifully made.

By 

from Ann Arbor, MI

About Me High-end Shopper, Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Bright

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Living Room

    Comments about PORCELAIN HORSE CHESTNUT SCULPTURE:

    This is an oddity: a piece of glazed porcelain surrounded by metal, with extremely sharp spikes. The whole is very lifelike on first glance. The workmanship is excellent; the British artisans are first-class.

    Comment on this review

     
    5.0

    I would love to buy more like this

    By 

    from Louisville, KY

    About Me High-end Shopper, Love the unusual, Stylish

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Beautiful
    • One of a kind

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Display

      Comments about PORCELAIN HORSE CHESTNUT SCULPTURE:

      Gorgeous piece of artwork. Beautifully made and painted - but handle carefully - very fragile.

      Comment on this review

      Displaying reviews 1-4

      Back to top

      Q and A

      gift finder

      Choose one or more options below to find your perfect gift.


      gift finder submit