Round dish with fighting lizard and snake

Manuel Mafra Portuguese

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Portugese Palissy ware differs considerably from French examples, thanks to the work of Manuel Cipriano Gomes Mafra. Originally working as a waiter, Mafra moved to the town of Caldas da Rainha to work at the famed factory of Maria dos Cacos, which he soon took over. At Caldas, Mafra pioneered a style of Palissy ware that featured a distinctive usage of moss as a decorative bed for fish, lizards, and insects, a style quickly adopted by other Portuguese manufacturers of Palissy ware.

Round dish with fighting lizard and snake, Manuel Mafra (Portuguese, Caldas de Rainha, Portugal, 1830–1905), Glazed earthenware, Portugal, Caldas de Rainha

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