Lustre bowl and cover, Spain

Lustre bowl and cover, Spain

Lustre bowl and cover
Spain, probably Manises
1440-60
Tin-glazed earthenware, with decoration painted into and lustre over the glaze
Museum no. 7659&A-1862

By 1400, Manises, near Valencia, was the main centre for the production of lustre ceramics. Its export markets included the Middle East, where the lustre technique had originally begun.

Manises lustre wares were also popular in Italy. In 1407 an Italian merchant ordered 199 pieces, including 'three large bowls, their covers painted inside and out', a description that would fit this piece.