Round plate with lobster

Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro Portuguese
Manufactory Fabrica de Faianças das Caldas da Rainha Portuguese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 530

Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro began his career as a political cartoonist, publishing O calcanhar de Aquiles, the first satirical cartoon pamphlet in Portugal and enjoying a successful career in Rio de Janeiro before establishing a ceramics factory with his brother in 1884 in Caldas da Rainha. Pinheiro’s quirky sense of humor and strong grasp of composition can be found in his Palissy-inspired ceramics, such as this lobster on a plate, which seems to herald the surreal works of Salvador Dalí.

Round plate with lobster, Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro (Portuguese, Portugal 1846–1905 Portugal), Glazed earthenware, Portugal, Caldas de Rainha

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