A fine and rare talavera Poblana blue on white jar with a footed base and wide shoulder tapering to a narrow opening. The elaborately decorated surfaces are glazed in mineral pigmented cobalt over a milk white slip. The underside bears two maker's marks, those of Manuel Martinez and Enrique Ventosa, the latter regarded as one of Puebla's most influential and celebrated potters..
In 1890 the young Catalan from Barcelona, Enrique Ventosa immigrated to Puebla and quickly built a name for himself there. In collaboration with his friend Isauro Uriarte, Ventosa resurrected an entire industry by combining potting techniques he had mastered in Spain with the colonial designs that the 'City of Angels' had once been so famous for. This new style represented a coalescence of pre-Columbian, Aztec and Art nouveau combined with the Spanish, Moorish and Chinese designs utilized by Poblana potters in colonial times. The talavera jar offered here is an excellent example of the synthesis described above - a manifestation of Oriental form, Chinese palette, Spanish technique and pre-Columbian design represented in the subtle Aztec patterning.
Dimensions: approximately 10 inches high.
Condition notes: In overall good, original condition. Fissure on foot is a firing imperfection where glaze separated in kiln. This is not a crack or break.
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