Antique 15th - 17th century Spanish Hispano Moresque Copper Lustre Ceramic Dish
Antique 15th -17th century, Spain, Manises (Valencia). Large Spanish Hispano Moresque copper lustre ceramic circular dish, of rounded form standing on a short foot hand painted with pseudo-Arabic calligraphy against crackle-glazed ground.
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.
CONDITION: Showing age and heavy usage, rim with large chip with old repair and few minor chips, three minor flakes in the interior glaze, with old touch-up by the white paint, related to age, as often found in hundreds of years old ceramics.
Diameter: 29.5 cm (11.69 inches).
Maximum height: 5 cm (2 inches).
Weight: 1.372 kg.