Hand painted wall clock 12" white Palio di Siena Giraffa decoration. The oldest document recording The Palio and the oldest documentations of the Contrade date back to the thirteenth century: Contrada originally meant ” a main inhabited street”, then “neighbourhood” and finally the association of a district’s inhabitants.
The Palio of Siena is run twice a year ( the 2nd of July and the 16th of di August ) by 17 Contrade:
Aquila, Bruco, Chiocciola, Civetta, Drago, Giraffa, Istrice, Leocorno, Lupa, Montone, Nicchio, Oca, Onda, Pantera, Selva, Tartuca, Torre.
The “balzana” ( old Roman insignia in black and white ) remained the Coat of Arms of Siena.
The balzana is omnipresent as the insignia of the Municipality and as a sign of harmony between the Contrade. In fact, with all their individual colors and flags, they refind each other unite in the balzana.
Our company is the only one in Deruta to be authorized by the Consortium for the Protection of the Palio di Siena to reproduce the decorations of the Contrade.
Every single piece is hand painted by our artists exclusively to order in our factory located in Deruta Italy.
All the products and colors we use are lead free and also meet California regulations (PROP65).
100% Made in Italy.
100% The Original.
The Fratelli Mari Company was founded in 1932, the year which production started. Over the years, thanks mainly to the initial work of the founders and their successors, but also thanks to the work of talented artists of the area, the Company has made a name for itself through the world, and won recognitions to various exhibitions and competitions. Today Fratelli Mari is one of the most prestigious companies of Deruta and its collection includes a great variety of classical and modern pieces, classified as : giftware, objects for home and kitchenware. Traditional forms/shapes with their timeless beauty account for a major part of the product line hand made at the Mari factory and they offer one of the best examples of the majolica tradition.
Colors may vary. Colors in photograph are close but may not represent true colors.
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In stock items will ship immediately from our warehouse in the US.