This Mexican Talavera pottery water pitcher comes from the venerable and highly collected Uriarte workshop of Puebla, Mexico. From the Wikipedia entry on Uriarte: "Uriarte is one of the oldest producers of Talavera pottery in Mexico. This is a kind of majolica, named after the city of Talavera de la Reina which had developed in Spain from Arab and Chinese origins and brought to Mexico after the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. While majolica was made in a number of places in Mexico, it became highly refined in the Puebla city area, especially from 1650 to 1750. Talavera work is distinguished by the fine clays found in this area, fired with a tin and lead glaze at high temperatures." This glaze is off white to slightly blue-gray. The decorations on this particular piece exude a subtle beauty, with bold and concentrated design along the top, then a lighter crosshatch style star-dotting around the body, with more concentrated color along the bottom. What a gorgeous piece for serving water or juice at your next meal. Or, if you're like me and admire Uriarte for the artistry, you can display it on a shelf in the kitchen or in a hutch, and use it solely as decor.
Stands about 8-1/4" tall by about 6-1/2" in diameter across the most bulbous part of the pitcher, with a base about 4-1/4" in diameter. Weighs 2.2 pounds unpacked. There are pre-production glaze bubbles that appear as small holes in the glaze. No cracks, although the popped bubbles in the glaze have some roughness to the touch.
Highly collectible pottery!
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