This Spanish majolica bowl is typical of late seventeenth- to early eighteenth-century glazed earthenware from Puente del Arzobispo, Castile, near the famous ceramic center of Talavera de la Reina. The bowl’s interior features a jumping canine, possibly a mastiff, framed by two flowering trees. The outside features more vegetation. The palette of browns, greens and yellows, with occasional blue on a cream background was known as montería and is still used today by ceramists from the region.
Since glazed ceramics were unknown in the Americas until the arrival of Europeans in the early sixteenth century, Spanish majolica greatly influenced the development of glazed pottery in Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala and elsewhere from the colonial period forward.
This handsome bowl, a gift of Dr. Ric Bradford of Houston, is an important complement to the Museum’s small but fine collection of Spanish ceramics.