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Q. Do you sell your products to individuals?


    A. No, we do not sell merchandise to the general public.


Q. Do you make plastic portraits?    A. No, our research has proven that plastic, acrylic or carbonite materials are not UV resistant enough to provide protection to an organic photo.

Q.Have you made plastic or acrilyc portraits in the past?     A. No, we have been using porcelain plaques for three generations since we started.

Q.What is your turn around time?     A. Upon receipt of your order, our regular delivery dates are 4 work days service for black and white, and 6 work days service for colour pictures.

Q. How do I install your portraits?     A. We offer high quality bronze frames for surface mounting. Many of customers are successful at mounting our portraits in a shallow relief with pure silicone, epoxy or a mortar mix. Other clients use double-sided adhesive tape (3m Ruboh adhesive).

Q. Is it possible to choose between many designs of bronze?     A.Obviously! We propose: oval, rectangular and round frames. In our catalogues you will find 18 different designs of frames. Sizes start from: cm 6x8 to cm 18x24.

Q. Can you supply bronze frames with cover?     A. Sure! We produce solid stylized bronze frames with cover for oval photo porcelain cm 7x9, 8x10 and 9x12.

Q. Your sizes are expressed in "cm". Is it possible to convert them into "inches"?    

A. Yes.
to convert
cm to inches
inches to cm


multiply by
Q. How can we send you photo porcelain orders?     A. Preferably by mail or parcel service like UPS or Fed Express etc. Fill out the order form.

Q. Which kind of original photo do you prefer?     A. Send the best liked, good, clear studio portrait, snap-shot, passport picture, either in colour or black and white. Be sure the face is not too small. Please send the highest quality photo possible.

Q. Why don't you guarantee the gold fillet?     A. For technical problems gold fillet can not be done at 900°, but using lower temperatures. Therefore it does not integrate with the plaque. We are finishing feasibility studies and gold fillet will be photographic soon, that is to say it will be indelible as a photographic image. On black and white photoporcelain we still add the traditional gold line.

Q. Do you archive my image?     A. Yes. We archive all images for 3 months after shipping an order.

Q. Will you return my photograph?     A. Yes. We return original photographs together with the porcelain photo.

Q. What size photograph do we send?     A. We can scan any size. We will reduce or enlarge your most cherished pictures.

Q. Can I get the background of my photo changed?     A. Yes. For a nominal fee we remove the background and replace it whit a photo canvass.

Q. I want lettering added to my portrait. Can you do it?

    A. Yes. We add lettering for a nominal fee.

Q. Do you charge for shipping?     A. Yes. We normally ship our photoporcelains and bronze frames by air mail.

Q. Do you offer overnight shipping?     A. Yes. We use UPS at our rates or use your account number.

Q. Can I get a portrait for a pet marker?     A. Yes. We make pet portraits.

Q. How long have you been in the memorial businnes?     A. We have been in the memorial business since 1924. For three generations the name Rossato has been synonymous with photoporcelains of lasting quality.
Q. Ordering photoporcelain in Italy requires long waiting times?     A. Absolutely not. We perform the work in 4 - 6 days. Taking into account average shipping times (arrival in Italy and return to country of origin) you normally receive the photoporcelain within 15 -18 work days from the time of order.
Q. Is it possible to send photos thru internet?     A. Yes. We suggest you use compressed files like .jpg to reduce the size and send the picture quicker. In any case we cannot accept complaints for photoporcelain reproductions when using this system because it is impossible to confront the original photo with the one we receive thru email.
Q. Besides bronze frames do you offer other items made of bronze?     A. Yes. We offer a complete range of items made out of top quality bronze.
In particular:
a) solar lamps, candle-lit, electric
b) flower vases
c) decorative plaques
d) statuary
e) urns
Ask for our illustrations
Q. Can the photo porcelain you offer be applied to funeral urns?


    A. Of course. Our photoporcelain can be applied with or without frames for the urns with flat sides.
Q. Is there an extra charge for two or more people in a photograph?


    A. Two or more people on one original photograph will be done at NO extra charge.
Q. Is it better to send a vertical or horizontal photograph?


    A. Both can be used. It is better to send a horizontal photograph for a horizontal plaque and a vertical photograph for a vertical plaque.
Q. Why are the reproduced colors on the photo porcelain not exactly the same as the photograph in some cases?


    A. The colors used for photos are a different material than those used for photoporcelain. Colors used for photoporcelain must be resistant to tempratures of over 800.
Don't trust photo porcelain that has colors which correspond exactly to the photo, they are colors which have been added at a later time and baked at low temperatures, therefore bound to disappear in a short time!
Q. How can I get the photoporcelain faster?


    A. It's important to choose the postal service right for the urgency, both for the original photo as well as the photo porcelain. Alternatively, paying higher fees for express services like UPS and Fed Express will speed up the times.
Q. How can you modify the background of the photo?


    A. Just ask for the background you want, indicating which one you would like (you can also choose among the backgrounds we offer or send your own illustration along with your photo).
Q. Can white Carrara sculptures be modified according to clients wishes?


    A. Yes. White Carrara marble sculptures which are sculpted manually upon request can be modified according to the client's wishes.
Q. Are white Carrara sculptures exactly like the illustrations?


    A. Because we are dealing with hand-crafted work and commercial sculptures there is a close correspondence but not perfectly identical. Each sculpture has its own particular features, and the sculptor can obtain similar but not identical sculptures at two different times.
Q. Is white Carrara resistant to atmospheric agents?


    A. Like all natural materials with the passing of time it is slowly worn down by atmospheric agents, but the duration of works in white Carrara is measured in centuries not years!
Q. Is it possible to ask for white Carrara marble sculptures with the client as the subject?


    A. Certainly. The client must send us an illustration or design of what he/she wants. Before completing the work we will send some photos illustrating the sculpture so as to allow the client to intervene and make minor adjustments.
Q. Can items made out of synthetic marble be placed outdoors?


    A. Yes. Items made out of synthetic marble can be placed outdoors. Because it is 70% marble powder and 30% special resins the resistance and duration over time are equal to if not superior to that of marble.
Q. Can I ask for synthetic marble items which are different from those illustrated?     A. To cover various costs of models and molds we need to charge more, yet it can be done.
Q. Can hand-painted synthetic marble items be placed outdoors?


    A. No. The colors applied are not baked at high temperature and could therefore change. They are especially suitable for covered areas and indoors.
Q. How can you guarantee items made out of marble, synthetic marble and other large items not shipped by post from risk of damage?     A. Upon receiving the material it is important to make sure the packaging is in good condition. Be sure to always sign the shipping receipt with caution and check the goods. If the merchandise has undergone damage tell the the shipping agent, insurance will pay for the damages.


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