Description & Technical information

This dish is painted in brown-lustre and cobalt-blue over a cream tin-glaze. A boss decorated with a four-petaled flower marks the centre of the dish, in turn surrounded by moulded gadroons and touches of blue. The well bears four narrow bands alternating with floral patterns, while the rim has two types of alternating flower motifs rendered in relief and heightened with blue. The reverse features a loosely-rendered rosette, followed by concentric circles, swirling brushstrokes and fern leaves.
For similar examples see the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, Accession Number E 538-43, and illustrated in Le calife le prince et le potier pp. 133 & 263; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Accession Number 324-1893, and illustrated in Ray, p. 116 and plate 30, no. 228.

Date:  16th century
Period:  1400-1600, 16th Century
Origin:  Manises, Spain
Medium: Ceramic
Dimensions: 41 cm (16¹/₈ inches)
Literature: Le calife le prince et le potier: les faïences à reflets métalliques, Musée des Beaux-Arts, exhibition catalogue, Lyon, 2002.
Ray, A. Spanish Pottery: 1248-1898, V&A Publications, London, 2000.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints