LITHOPHANES were first invented in France in 1827. A Lithophane (“vision in Stone”) is a porcelain engraving that virtually comes alive when illuminated from behind. A breathtakingly detailed picture in warm sepia emerges when light passes through the different thicknesses of the porcelain panel. These illuminated artworks are so detailed, that they are sometimes mistaken for photographs!
To create a Lithophane the design is first carved in wax, using a light table as a guide to help our artist see the image as he works. A mold is made from the carving, then porcelain is pressed into the mold. The dried porcelain is finished by hand and high fired in a kiln to 2300 degrees F, then each piece is inspected carefully under a light. This high temperature firing makes the porcelain nonporous, durable, and beautifully translucent. The gradual transition from thick to thin produces a truly amazing range of delicate shadings. Each Lithophane is a magical work of art which casts a gentle spell on all those who behold it!
These Lithophane designs are available in different ways. The most popular form; plug-in Night Lights measuring 4 3/8" by 3 5/8", are the perfect gift: reasonably priced & nicely gift boxed including history & care literature. Our exclusive clip mounting allows the Lithophane Night Lights to be plugged into any electrical outlet, including those installed sideways or upside down! Also, many of the Night Lights are available in color. Beautiful, four sided lamps are also available in some of the designs. Hand made in the USA.