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MOTIF OF THE WEEK: JUNGLE BAROQUE

Published on April 27th, 2017 in Basics

  • ARTEL’s Jungle Baroque Set in Double Old Fashioned glasses

  • Some of the many inspirations behind ARTEL's Jungle Baroque Set

  • One of the real-life inspirations behind ARTEL's Jungle Baroque Set.

  • ARTEL’s Jungle Baroque Piranha Barware Decanter & Double Old Fashioned glass.

Introduced way back in 2011, our Jungle Baroque set is one of our most popular motifs – and also among the most labor-intensive to produce.

 

Comprised of eight different jungle animal-themed variations – Elephant, Piranha, Rhinoceros, Monkey, Jaguar, Bird of Paradise, Parrot, and Iguana – which are available either individually or as a set of eight glasses (sets include one glass with each animal design), Jungle Baroque was inspired by a wide range of classical and modern sources.

 

 

ARTEL’s Jungle Baroque Set in Double Old Fashioned glasses.

 

ARTĚL’s founder / director Karen Feldman reports that when she was designing the set, she was “looking at all kinds of stuff” for visual inspiration – including Henri Rousseau paintings, baroque furniture, Edward Topsell’s 1658 book The History of Four-Footed Beasts and Serpents, and Miuccia Prada’s Spring / Summer 2011 fashion collection, to name just a few.

 

Miuccia Prada’s Spring / Summer 2011 fashion collection

 

“I think the resulting imagery perfectly captures the look and feel I was going for,” says Feldman, “and the unusual production process we use to make this set really adds to their uniqueness.”

 

ARTEL’s illustration of the Jungle Baroque Rhinoceros for our Double Old Fashioned glass.

 

So, how do we make them? We’re glad you asked…

 

After being mouth-blown by ARTĚL’s master craftsmen, each piece is sandblasted with a lush jungle-leaf design, giving it a pleasantly textured finish. Next, it is hand-colored and kiln-fired. Finally, each piece is hand-engraved with an image of a jungle animal in an ornate baroque-style frame. This multi-step process results in a truly unique object that is rich with detail and appeals equally to traditional and modern design sensibilities.

 

Interested in acquiring a Jungle Baroque piece – or perhaps a whole set – for yourself or a friend? You can find them in any of our Prague retail locations or in our online store.

 

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