Spain, 18th century
10 inches H
Olive oil cruet from the Bird Collection of Talavera de la Reina.
Talavera de la Reina pottery is a traditional type of faience, or tin-glazed earthenware made in Talavera de la Reina, Toledo (Spain). It became very relevant in the Reinassence, but the origins were long before the 16th century.
Talavera produced mainly two types of ceramic, one cheaper and more popular, and another one fancy and artistic, to satisfy the demand of the upper class. Nevertheless, both of them were joined by the same style, shape and decoration.
In the 18th century Talavera was one of the most important and versatile center of ceramic in Europe. The jug under our study has the typical shape from the 18th century, with a very big belly and in the typical Talavera colors blue, orange and green, with a patent influence of the ancient Moorish tradition.