Majolica Jar with Lid

Majolica Jar with Lid

late 1700s
Locale
Puebla, Mexico
Country
Mexico
Style/Tradition
Mexican Colonial
jar
Earthenware with lead/tin glaze and cobalt in-glaze paint.
Gift of Robert J. Stroessner
1984.178A-B
. Majolica Jar with Lid. late 1700s. Earthenware with lead/tin glaze and cobalt in-glaze paint.. Gift of Robert J. Stroessner. 1984.178A-B.
Inscription
Guantajuato
Department
Mayer Center, Latin American Art
Collection
Latin American Art

Hand-built from mud and low-fired to harden, earthenware vessels were produced throughout the Americas for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans. Earthenware covered with a hard, shiny glaze made from lead and tin had been invented in the Middle East. The technique (known as majolica), along with the potter’s wheel, was introduced to Spain by Muslims in the 900s. In turn, Spanish ceramic artists introduced glazes and the potter’s wheel to the Americas in the 1500s.
     The colonial towns of Puebla (Mexico) and Lima (Peru) became centers of majolica production. They created distinctive styles that often incorporated a mixture of motifs taken from earlier Islamic, Spanish, and ancient native models as well as from imported Chinese porcelains. This blue-and-white majolica vase shows the dense foliage decoration typical of Mexican colonial ceramics.
-- Donna Pierce, 2015

Known Provenance
Gifted 7 August 1984 by Robert J. Stroessner to the Denver Art Museum. Provenance research is on-going at the Denver Art Museum. Please e-mail provenance@denverartmuseum.org, if you have questions, or if you have additional information to share with us.