The Marl (2021)

Pedro Da Costa Felgueiras
The Marl (2021) by Pedro da Costa Felgueiras is a unique handmade bowl fashioned from Portuguese cork oak bark, gilded with gold, and painted with historical pigments. Wholly redefining the interior of the vessel, Pedro allows nature and imagination to exist harmoniously within this unique artwork. The bowl’s striking Arrabida Red paint is mixed by Pedro himself and recreates a traditional red oxide that used to be mined in Arrabida – a small mountainous region south of Lisbon with a well known 16th century monastery, where the pigment was extensively used in it’s interiors. Named The Marl after the colour’s humble association with mud and clay rocks, here set against 24 carat gold gilt. This beautiful object is a collector's item, carefully crafted to stand the test of time.

Material: Cork, Copper, Antique Bronze patination, 24 Carat Gold, Arrabida Red
cm: Width 29cm, Depth 42.5cm, Height 15.5cm
inches: Width 11.4in, Depth 16.7in, Height 6.1in
Care Instructions: Dust lightly, metal rim can be cleaned with a soft damp cloth


The Marl (2021) is handmade using Portuguese cork oak bark and traditional Japanese lacquer techniques to create a vessel which truly celebrates nature, tradition and innovation. Beaten copper is applied on top of the painted edge, along with an antique bronze patination. One half of the interior is gilt with 24 Carat Gold, the other half is Arrabida Red paint (dry pigment suspended in resin).

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The Maker Pedro Da Costa Felgueiras Historic Paint Specialist - South East England

Pedro da Costa Felgueiras is a historic paint and lacquer expert based in London. He established his practice Lacquer Studios in 1995; specialising in Oriental & European lacquer as well as historic paint techniques. Having built his reputation restoring objects for museums, historic properties and private clients, more recently Pedro has turned his attention to creating artworks and furniture showcasing his heritage and the materials, methods and centuries-old traditions of paint craftsmen.