Gorgeous decorative plate from the town of Santa Rosa in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico--this piece is shaped like a heart and features a hummingbird feeding from a flower. The ornate border is in deep blue. One of the hallmarks of Santa Rosa Mayolica is its flat finish and vibrancy. This form of pottery was brought with the Spaniards in the 16th Century and wherever it is made in Mexico, it has regional differences. In Santa Rosa, the clay is taken from the Sierra de Santa Rosa mountains. There are several glazing processes and some painting in between glazings, which give the design an almost raised and in parts glossy effect on top of the matte background. Hummingbirds are a common theme, as this town sees a lot of hummingbirds that come to feed. Hummingbirds symbolize joy and lightness. The plate is decorative but would need to be displayed with a plate holders, as there is no hole in the back. The back is signed Mayolica Sta Rosa Guanajuato, Gto Mexico, and the artist's signature, which is a pomegranate. Santa Rosa prices can be all over the map, but this is very special piece. We know its older--circa 1980s--by the style of glaze, plus it has an unusual heart shape.
Measures 10" across at the widest point by about 9-1/2" long. In great vintage condition with no chips, cracks, nor crazing. The plate will be double-boxed, which accounts for the heavier weight and shipping costs.
Small piece that carries so much beauty.
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