Variations dessert plate

Ceramic plate, handmade in Italy

Designer: Marta Bakowski

140 €

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In collaboration with Maison Matisse and using the pictorial features present in Henri Matisse's painting La Musique (1939), designer Marta Bakowski has created a set of 6 dessert plates.
Ideal for the creation of your own dessert service due to its suitability for food use, it can shine on its own, or as part of a matching or colorful set, according to your desires.


Dimensions (cm) : Ø7 x H1
Materials: earthenware 
Made for you, in Italy, in the region of Tuscany.

Maintenance advice
Hand wash with a mild soap and non-abrasive sponge, and then gently wipe with a lint-free cloth. Do not put in the dishwasher.
In stock, delivered within 3 to 7 days.

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Arts and materials

Like the other objects in the collection, Maison Matisse uses the best know-how to create its pieces. The Variations earthenware dessert plate is made by one of the oldest family workshops in Tuscany, which was founded almost a century ago. It is first cast and then demolded by hand before being painted with the color slip chosen by the designer. 

The outline of the decorative design is applied using the spolvero technique. The design is then drawn on by hand with a miretta, a metal point frequently used by ceramists. The plate undergoes a series of two firings, between which a matte varnish is applied to the raw finish.

Maison Matisse puts much attention into how its pieces are made; as a consequence, it works in close collaboration with specialized craftsmen in order to obtain a unique result. The plate's combination of bright colors with a final matte finish is only possible through the work of expert hands having inherited an ancestral know-how passed down from generation to generation.


The philodendron leaf occupies a special place in the work of Henri Matisse. The motif of the Nuances plate is inspired by this graphic shape present in the background of the Henri Matisse's La Musique painted in 1939. 

When creating all the plates, Marta Bakowski systematically sought a balance between the shapes, patterns and colors. While the leaf creates gentle curves and undulations, the triangles and serrations of the Contrepoint plate introduce an energizing order. The challenge was to find a balance between these different forces.

Discover more about the inspirations behind the collection

Henri Matisse, La Musique (1939), Albright-Knox Art Gallery - Buffalo (Etats-Unis) © Succession H. Matisse.

Marta Bakowski

Maison Matisse invited the young designer Marta Bakowski to create its first permanent collection inspired by the painting La Musique (1939). The Franco-Polish designer took the palette of colors and brilliantly reinterpreted the most representative themes of Henri Matisse's work, such as the philodendron leaf, the figure of the woman and music.

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Marta Bakowski