Thai Terracotta Planter
41"W x 41"D x 17"H - Thailand - Terracotta
In the early 20th century, an Italian family of potters and sculptors moved to Thailand. Often cross-cultural exchanges result in design and innovation that transcends what either culture could accomplish independently. In this instance, the Italian style meets Thai craftsmanship producing not just pottery but art. While the shapes are distinctly old-world Italian, the hand made, high fired (2000 °F) terra cotta techniques using native soil and pigments produce the best examples of large pots anywhere. The trendsetting the color palate is sage, olive, sand with just a hint of rose. Bold statements, yes, but at this scale and quality, containers of this caliber are cost-prohibitive to manufacture and as a result have effectively become lost to antiquity.