This exceptionally rare 19th century talavera plate (circa 1880) from Puebla, Mexico represents "El Borrachin" -- (The Drunk) and his rat. For those who are unfamiliar, earlier Mexican talavera, such as this, with human imagery is almost nonexistent. More importantly, and perhaps even more unusual - this piece is initialed by the proud artist who made it, which is almost never the case with earlier Talavera. Most artists (Uriarte, Ventosa, Pedro Sanchez) commenced to sign their best pieces in the first quarter of the 20th century. This talavera plate is an exception to the rules, artist signed and beautifully drawn with a richly colored foliate border in deep shades of cobalt blue, black, manganese and copper green. The overall level of quality is superlative.
The plate measures 8.2 inches diameter and is in excellent condition without any restorations or repairs.
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