I have said it before, but I will say it again: we love it when customers send in photos of their stencilling projects. Especially when it is a project that we have discussed in detail. It is a thrill for us to be able to see the final results. A customer in Scotland had taken these photos of some porcelain plates at the Topkapi Palace Museum in Istanbul.
The Topkapi Palace was the primary residence for the Ottoman sultans for about 400 years and is beautifully decorated in elaborate painted and tiled pattern. It was turned into a museum in the 1920's and the end of the reign of the Ottoman empire. Such is the beauty and complexity of design from that empire, we created an entire range of Ottoman stencils.
Our customer has a rather splendid large fireplace with a panelled section above it that was "crying out for an original touch". He decided to recreate the effect on the plates within the panels using shrunken versions of our stencils.
The fish net effect was done by hand and then various fish stencilled on top. We have fish from stencils DE316, JA129, MS95, DE348, CA6, TP10, MS101, CS8 and A2 as well as a few shellfish and shells. Some of them were used at standard size, but most have been shrunk to suit the space. We can shrink designs within a certain degree and will advise you if that makes them too fragile to use.
The results are terrific and add a unique and personal touch to the room.