HERE’S A SIGNED 8” ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1960S OR 1970S MODERN ENAMEL-ON-COPPER PLATE HAND-PAINTED BY TERRI OUELLETTE FOR BOVANO OF CHESHIRE, CONNECTICUT THAT DISPLAYS A GROUP OF EIGHT (8) FLYING SEAGULLS RENDERED IN VARIOUS SHADES OF BLUE AND WHITE ENAMELING!
Measuring just under eight inches (7 7/8”) in diameter by three quarters of an inch (3/4”) in height, Terri Ouellette employed a painterly technique to create eight beautifully rendered seagulls flying in an atmospheric cloud filled sky! The plate’s underside in counter enameled in a matte-like dark black enameling, which is the standard counter enameling on the majority of Bovano enamels.
Signed “Terri” within the black enameling on the underside bottom area. This was the standard way in which the artist signed her work. Occasionally, examples of Ouellette’s work will be signed “T Ouellette” but this signature tends to be on larger plaques. Originally this enamel plate would have had an original gold and black paper label on the underside bottom that reads: “Handcrafted By Bovano Of Cheshire, Conn.” But this label is no longer extent.
Condition: Generally excellent and clean condition with a couple of small firing imperfections on the underside area. Otherwise, absolutely beautiful!
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BOVANO OF CHESHIRE (the following information is courtesy the website for Bovano of Cheshire)
The History of Bovano of Cheshire began in 1952, when working alone in the basement of his home in Cheshire, Connecticut, artist Jim Bower began experimenting with powdered glass fused to small copper plates. His playful approach resulted in early designs applied to small glass enamel plates, which were sold under the name Bower Enamels.
It wasn't long before Jim met John Bonsignor who realized the potential of developing a much wider array of glass-enameled products. John moved the studio to the upper floor of an old foundry building in Cheshire and began a passionate pursuit of copper enameling. The name "Bovano" was coined from the first two letters of the last name of each of the three original owners: Bonsignor, Van Leight and Noden.
In 1964 David Flood partnered with John to continue the growth of Bovano of Cheshire. Dave and John collaborated together through the 1960's. It was also during this time that the company made a dramatic change away from copper enameled plates and trays turning instead to the creation of simple little copper enameled flowers. Later designs were extended to larger tabletop flowers, with a growing choice of flowers, bonsai and maple trees, birds and butterflies.
In 1975, David became owner of Bovano of Cheshire. Hotel based trade-shows became his regular destinations he carried products and displays to markets in the New York, Boston and Chicago circuit. Growth of the company continued beyond three decades as an ever-widening range of high quality wall and table sculptures were crafted by hand.
Today, at the start of the new millennium, Bovano artisans continue to use many of the techniques developed from the early days of the company. Combining modern technology and old world craftsmanship, highly skilled Bovano artisans continue creating quality sculptures using the knowledge through decades of experience.
Original 8” Vintage Signed Modern Enamel-on-Copper Art Plate by Terri Oullette for Bovano of Cheshire, Connecticut that Displays a Group of Flying Seagull Birds over the Ocean!