A large early 20th century talavera Poblana blue on white jardiniere elaborately decorated in mineral pigmented cobalt over a milk white slip. The underside bears the mark of Enrique Ventosa, one of Puebla's most influential and celebrated ceramicists..
In 1890 a young Catalan from Barcelona, Enrique Ventosa emigrated to Puebla, Mexico. In collaboration with his friend Isauro Uriarte, the two artisans are credited for the resurgence of an art form and the revitalization of an industry that had once flourished in Puebla. While practicing glazing and firing techniques he had mastered in Spain, Ventosa breathed new life into the redundant blue on white patterns that had been executed in Puebla for centuries. This new style represented a coalescence of pre-Columbian, Aztec and Art nouveau combined with the Spanish, Moorish and Chinese designs that had been utilized since inception. The talavera jardiniere offered here is an excellent example of the synthesis described above - a combination of Spanish technique, Arabesque patterns and Moorish design and a palette inspired by Chinese blue on white porcelain.
Dimensions: approximately 12 inches high x 11 inches diameter.
Condition notes: in excellent, original condition.
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