American company Boehm Porcelain has been producing the finest porcelain flora and fauna sculptures available since 1950. Inspired by the delicateness, complexity and vibrancy of nature's own artistry, Boehm's renderings of flora and fauna are cast from only the purest white clay, and created by singularly talented artisans with painstaking attention to detail to produce breathtaking original works of art available in both open and limited-edition collections.
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A time-honored example of beauty, quality, and craftsmanship in porcelain artwork, Boehm Porcelain has been gifted to a stunning list of powerful figures throughout history, including every U.S. President since Eisenhower, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachev, and Pope John Paul II. Boehm Porcelain also decorates the halls of some of the world's most prestigious locations, including the Smithsonian Institute, the Vatican, the Tokyo National Museum, the Hermitage and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more.
The team of talented designers and artists at Boehm remain faithful to the 2000 year old tradition of sculpting fine porcelain, the oldest artistic medium known to mankind. From its inception as an artist's paper sketch to final touches, thorough examination of each piece, and careful packaging of the finished product, each Boehm sculpture tells a moving story with its unique blend of bold creativity, painstaking artistry, and pure skill.
After the artist sketch is rendered in three-dimensional sculpture form, the delicate process of moldmaking begins. This exacting procedure can take up to an entire year depending on the complexity of the piece. The craftsmen at Boehm create master molds from tough gypsum cement known as hydrastone, then work with plaster of Paris molds that last between 12 and 20 castings.
A purveyor of ultimate quality, Boehm only uses the purest porcelain from the whitest clays ground for hours into a creamy, smooth texture.
After molding, firing, assembly, and detailed inspection, each Boehm piece is polished before being hand-painted. Certain specific hues require precise temperature requirements, so Boehm sculptures are often re-fired several times throughout the finishing process as well as checked against the original prototype sculpture for accuracy. If any discrepancies are found in a piece, the process begins again from the beginning.
Sometimes refined for years before completion, finished Boehm sculptures proceed through a careful packing process. Each sculpture represents a delicate, evocative, handmade celebration of the wild, meant to be cherished for its exquisite example of manmade artistry, craftsmanship, and passion for the beauty of the natural world.