A large Antique 17th-18th Century Hispano-Moresque Dish Charger
Antique 17th century Spanish Hispano Moresque, Manises, Valencia, Spain. Large copper lustre ceramic
An antique 17th-18th century Spanish Hispano - Moresque, large tin-glazed earthenware dish - charger with a cobalt blue and copper lustre decoration. Spain Manises, Valencia.
The charger plate of shallow form with a wide rim and a raised central boss adorned with a sunburst motif, enclosed by a large band painted with cobalt blue arrows on a beige ground with copper-lustre abstract vegetal motifs.
A wide rim molded with raised swirling panels of gadroon motifs painted in cobalt blue and copper-lustre.
Reverse with continuous bands surrounded by scrolling motifs.
The rim is pierced with two holes for suspension made by the potter before firing.
The shape of the dish is inspired by 16th-century European brass alms dishes.
A Hispano Moresque ware was a style of initially Islamic pottery created in Muslim Spain by Moorish potters. The Moors introduced tin-glazed pottery to Spain after the conquest of 711. Valencia, Barcelona and Malaga became important centers of Hispano-Moresque ware. By the 13th century luster-painted pottery were made chiefly at Malaga by Moorish Muslim artists. The history of luster-painted pottery in Spain may be divided into two major periods: the first one before the Reconquista, and the second after the Reconquista, when at the end of the 15th century, Muslims were deported to North Africa. Nevertheless, a lot of Muslims became Christians, and therefore they were allowed to stay in Spain and continue to make pottery in the Islamic style.
Diameter: 43.4 cm (17.1 inches).
Height: 5 cm (2 inches).
CONDITION: It shows age and use, reglued several clean breaks, and minor age-related chipping on the rim typical of antique ceramics.