If we review the history of the ceramics of Manises since the XIV century till this day we see an evolution in colours, shapes and styles. There are blue pottery pieces with inscriptions and motifs of Muslim influence, pottery also made in the gold reflective technique of the Muslims or Christians; geometric ceramic with images of lions and birds from the XVI and XVII centuries and ceramics with varied motives and white backgrounds from the XVIII century.
In the XIX century ceramics of Manises, the most common pieces are the multicoloured and popular type ones such as small plates, pieces of china decorated with the ornaments brides wore on their wedding days, water jugs and octagonal plates, amongst other common items. The motifs are mainly floral, but there are also birds, animals, human figures and architecture depicted. Late XIX century decoration depicts scenes of everyday life, trades, etc. In the XX century, Manises ceramics had a significant impact on Modernism, thus today we find important and representative pieces of this artistic trend.
The XIX century water jug is crafted in a potter’s wheel with embossed decorations, glazed earthenware and polychrome decoration. It depicts landscapes with architecture, bouquets of flowers and a heart of Jesus, as well as the initials of its owner, D. José Sanchís. The gazelles vase is a XIX century replica of a Muslim ceramic. It is made of glazed earthenware decorated in blue with a metallic sheen in the factory of Francisco Valldecabres in Manises. The plate was made on a potter’s wheel in glazed pottery. It depicts the traditional dress of a bride of Valencia and it dates back to the second third of the XIX century in Manises. The Modernist bottle is partially glazed and embossed in polychrome. It depicts the bust of a woman in profile and is believed to have been manufactured in 1910 at the factory of La Rosa in Manises.
Title: Ceramics of Spain
Date of Issue: 5 September 2011
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