In her New England studio, Marie Ricci has successfully translated her skills in the ancient art of wood carving into a contemporary business that draws heavily on historical references for inspiration. This artist’s beautiful and unique work -- wall medallions, chandelier medallions, and an array of other specialty decor accessories -- is suited to a wide range of decorating possibilities.
The Marie Ricci Collection encompasses everything from family-friendly home and garden décor to interior accessories for baby nurseries, children’s bedrooms and play spaces to architectural enhancement pieces perfect for historic renovations, offices, country clubs, restaurants, and public places such as churches and outdoor parks.
This design, Marie recalls, was inspired while she was having tea with a friend in a local Tampa, Florida tea room several years ago. "From thought and design through carving the original master," she says, "I spent five days creating the piece's concept."
What I found most impressive of all, though, was how much the design and texture of the surface actually looked and felt like antique carved wood. This is most remarkable, considering that Marie's wood carving techniques are artfully executed yet wood itself isn't involved in any part of the process from mold to final product.
Marie Ricci's ceiling and chandelier medallions are well-suited to private homes, offices, commercial spaces, and other private and public places with designs representing the full gamut of intricate designs with a Victorian influence to patterns that lean more toward the more modern. Products in Ricci's specialty line for babies and children feature such sugar-coated surprises as kid-sized chandeliers, wall clocks, mirrors, Marie's distinctive wall letter initials, picture frames, and coat peg racks.
The artist – sought-after by celebrities and the DIY sector as well as by professional decorators for her nursery décor – counts Nancy O’Dell, Aonika Laurent Thomas, and Lisa Pagano among her more well-known residential clients. On the commercial side, there's also designer Wendy Bellissimo who chose Marie Ricci’s letter plaque for a nursery for The Oprah Winfrey Show and HGTV which featured a similar element on one of their decorating shows. Ricci's work is also frequently in the national media spotlight, having been featured in Redbook, Baby, Sunset, and People magazines, among other print and electronic media outlets.
In addition to orders from her immense existing collection, the professional wood carver also accepts commissions for one-of-a-kind installations. Past projects include the custom garden plaque pictured at left, specially designed for the Lindsay E. Duhaine Memorial Music Foundation in Berlin, CT in memory of a 21 year-old who tragically lost her life in a car accident, and the 42" custom ceiling medallion she created for the historic St. John's Episcopal Church in Essex, CT that was founded in 1776.
The Marie Ricci Collection is available for purchase retail by the public beginning at $80 with a discount to the trade direct from MarieRicci.com ; shipping is free within the continental U.S. Additionally, the entire line may be ordered from Bellini Stores, Little Peeps, and Rosenberry Rooms.
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Marie Ricci Collection Ceiling/Wall Medallion
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