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Spanish Tin-glazed Earthenware Pottery Oversized Basin or Lebrillo,

Fajalauza, Granada,

19th Century

The massive circular deep circular basin or Librillo with slightly flaring sides is glazed and robustly decorated on the interior with green enamel.  The central well painted with a leafy lily plant and the sides with a series of wavy lines also in green.  The exterior is unglazed. Dimensions: 28 inches diameter x 8 1/2 inches high The body in good condition with a chip to the exterior at eight o'clock The lebrillo is the name given to this shape of ceramic, they are large bowls with a bent edge to facilitate handling.

This ceramic was used for the “matanzas” to cook the famous Spanish sauce, but also to wash clothes or even to bathe babies. This particular lebrillo is from Granada, Spain, has typical green and white colors, and is decorated with the lily flower and with five rows of little chains at the edge.

This kind of ceramic is typically from Granada, and started in the 15th century. This Granada ceramic, known since the 16th century as "Fajalauza", since from that time the city's potters were concentrated in the Albaicín neighborhood, on the outskirts of the Fajalauza gate or Puerta del Campo de Almendros. More information can be found from the Sorolla Museum, Madrid, Sorolla Museum- (https://www.culturaydeporte.gob.es/msorolla/dam/jcr:167de961-c556-4cdb-a5ee-01cf6a37a3e5/la-cer-mica-de-fajalauza.pdf)

(Ref: NY9614-ipmr)

Dimensions

(71.12cm diameter x 21.59cm high)


Condition report

a chip at 8 o'clock has been invisibly repaired

Stock number

ny9614

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