Trompe Tableware

John Derian Does Faience

Seth Vaughan
July 30, 2013

The latest from New York-based artist John Derian — the deity of découpage, famous for plates, platters, paperweights and coasters incorporating vintage imagery of flora, fauna and ephemera — is a collection of melamine plates bearing French faience designs from the 18th century. Derian was drawn to the juxtaposition of faience (a type of glazed earthenware that dates to the ninth century, the most famous example being Delftware) and melamine (a modern composite material). His charger and side, salad and dinner plates are each available in a different richly hued pattern, making for a stylish mix-and-match picnic, come the Fourth of July. From $9, at Forty Five Ten;