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Plate with Water Bird

late 1400s or early 1500s
Made in Seville, Spain
Tin-glazed earthenware (cuerda seca technique)
Overall: Diam. 9 1/4 x 1 7/16 in. (Diam. 23.5 x 3.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1930
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 307
Ceramic artists working in Seville in the late 1400s and early 1500s revived the laborious process of cuerda seca, which had been common in Spain centuries earlier. In this technique, outlines of a design are painted onto the clay using a mixture of manganese and oil. The painted lines dry into a resist barrier that keeps differently colored glazes apart. Objects made via cuerda seca were often expensive export items shipped to Africa, northern Europe, and the Americas.
Conde de las Almenas(sold 1927); [ C. & E. Canessa, New York, Paris, and Naples (sold 1930)]
Important Mediaeval and Early Renaissance Works of Art from Spain: Sculptures, Furniture, Textiles, Tapestries and Rugs, Collection of Conde de las Almenas, Madrid, Spain. New York: American Art Association, January 13–15, 1927. no. 171, p. 73.

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