Antiques - Miscellaneous / Ceramic
Reference: Z5335

Plate. Talavera, 17th century.
Glazed pottery
Ceramic plate decorated with high temperature enamels on a white tin opaque slip. The polychromy is based on typical Talavera colors: cobalt blue, copper green, manganese black, antimony yellow and ochres, browns and iron oranges. These enamels were applied on the raw slip, so the piece was baked only twice: once for the paste and once for the slip and enamels. In addition, the colors were protected with a varnish, which was also cooked in this second firing. The pieces were introduced in the oven in blankets or boxes, so that the colors will not burn (they are cooked at a very high temperature, 900º). In general, those of Talavera will be good cooking, without major defects. The rise of this ceramic manufacture will take place between the sixteenth and mid-eighteenth centuries, when French taste is introduced to Spain, and the clientele goes on to prefer Alcora pieces. However, Talavera will live a new Golden Age at the end of the 19th century, with historicisms.
This piece presents a typical decoration of Talavera, which will be very imitated in other centers throughout the Modern Age: an animal in the center, on a schematic floor plan, flanked by two large plant elements, two trees in this case. The decoration is completed with a border of concentric bands separating the seat of the caveto, containing an inscription, and a richly ornamented border. This presents a decoration of alternating bushes and trees, and on the outside a new band of concentric lines."

· Size: 37x37x6 cms.

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