SMALL HISPANO-MORESQUE PLATE
SPAIN ( MANISES ) LATE 15TH CENTURY
EARTENWARE TIN GLAZED IN BLUE AND COPPER LUSTRE, DIAMETER 17CM
The lustre glaze technique comes from the Arab world and blossomed after a ban was passed in Islamic countries on the use of valuable precious metals for everyday items, as the iridescent effect of a lustre glaze simulates a metalic finish. After Andalusia was conquered in the 8th century, lustreware reached Spain where its production had its heyday in the 14th and 15th centuries. Vessels were very popular and were exported primarily via Mallorca to Italy where this metallic glaze could not be produced.