The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, A Family Collection, A National Museum, An International Treasure House
  • Dish
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Manises, Valencia, Spain
  • c. 1428
  • Tin-glazed earthenware, painted and lustred
  • Diameter: 38.1 cm
  • C1
  • Smoking Room
Further Reading
  • The technical and decorative mastery of the Moorish potters in medieval Spain was unrivalled in early fifteenth-century Europe. Their exotic wares, with pale tin-glazed grounds and bold decoration inspired by Islamic ornament, usually combining cobalt blue with the glistening, metallic golden lustre which necessitated an additional firing in a reducing atmosphere, were coveted by the nobility of France and Italy. This beautiful dish is particularly important, both for its armorial shield and its decoration. The shield bears the arms of Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, in the form used between 1419 and 1429, providing early evidence of the export market for these luxury goods. The decoration shows the influence of the Gothic style, and is exceptional in incorporating a wreath of vine shoots encircling the shield.