In 1987 two young brothers coming from renowned ceramic and porcelain venetian companies, founded Il Gattopardo. One of the factors of today’s company success is the great passion and creativity distinguishing these two young craftsmen. Our love for animals is reflected in the models creation, especially in that expressiveness typical of every item. Every piece is conceived and refined in every single particular: from the modelling phase to the final decoration. This last stage includes many different hand painting techniques, which used simultaneously lend the final product a high artisanal added value. Il Gattopardo creations give a touch of elegance and liveliness to every furniture style, also because of the infinite decoration combinations. The ceramic dough we use to produce our items is “soft earthen- ware”, and it is exposed to a first firing at 1050 °C. Glazes and col- ours are fixed with a second firing at 990 °C; this technique has two advantages: low environmental impact (colours have no lead) and no toxic substances emissions . Special attention is dedicated to the precious line with gold, plati- num and Swarovski decorations: only original Swarovski crystal are used. What is worthy of these items is the third firing at 720 °C, in order to fix the last graceful details.