Talavera de la Reina, Toledo. Spain
c.1580 - 1623.
Our dish belongs to the “so-called” Tricolor Series, distinguished by its decoration in blue, orange and purple on white glaze. Many of the pieces in these series have naturalistic motifs, with central elements (as figures, animals, ..) surrounded by vegetal motifs as scrolls, leaves….
Painted in cobalt blue, orange and outlined in a dark manganese with a standing gentleman dressed in the fashion of the late 16th or first half of the 17th century, holding a staff, wearing a plumed hat (chambergo), jerkin and breeches tied at the knees with pompoms.
In some examples, the soldiers wear a ruff, as in this example, or a gorget (golilla) .The ruff was banned by the passage of the Sumptuary Laws in Spain. Therefore, Anthony Ray suggested that gentlemen wearing a ruff could be dated prior to this year.
The idea of decorating in a limited palette on a white tin glaze derives from the Faenza compendario style. The boldly drawn standing figure is reminiscent of the well-known series of dishes from Montelupo decorated with soldiers but the earliest Talavera examples perhaps predate them.
Examples of these dishes can be found at Museo Nacional de Artes Decorativas in Madrid, Victoria & Albert Museum in London or The Hispanic Society of America in N.Y.C.
Anthony Ray, Spanish Pottery 1248-1898, (V&A Publications, 2000), p. 175, no. 329, colour pl. 38
14 000 €