Alhambra vase, France

Alhambra vase, France

Alhambra vase
Made by Joseph-Théodore Deck (1823-91)
France, Paris
1862
Earthenware, inlaid with coloured clays and painted
Museum no. 18-1865

This vase is a faithful replica of a celebrated lustreware jar recovered from the Alhambra, the palace fortress in Granada of the last Islamic dynasty to rule Spain. Tourists visited the Alhambra in the early 19th century, sparking a craze for 'Alhambra' design. Théodore Deck was a leading French potter and designer. He worked in a range of oriental and historic styles.

Shown at the International Exhibition, 1862