Description & Technical information

This shimmering circular charger is covered in a creamy-white tin glaze and painted in blue and brown copper-lustre. The raised central boss is striking due to its solid lustre border which encloses a four-sided foliate design. The surrounding cavetto bears elegantly decorated blue and relief-painted leaves split into four sections. Interestingly, the sloping and everted rim has two rare features: the three cartouches with fleshy leaf-form design strongly recall the Islamic motifs found on early Islamic pottery from Al-Andalus; furthermore, the three sets of six-petalled flowers are uncommon motifs in Hispano-Moresque lustre chargers of the sixteenth century. On the reverse of the charger there is a central rosette surrounded by concentric circles, fern leaves and whorls which are all in brown copper-lustre. The charger was made specifically for hanging, for it has an original hole on the rim which is glazed around the edges indicating the intended position for display.  

Period:  16th Century
Origin:  Manises, Spain
Medium: Glazed and lustre-painted earthenware
Dimensions: 39 cm (15³/₈ inches)
Literature: Further Literature:
Anthony Ray. 2000. Spanish Pottery: 1248-1898. London: V&A Publications.

Categories: Oriental and Asian Art