- Hand-painted in Spain
- Delightful 16th century pattern
- From the village of El Puente del Arzobispo
- Warm ivory colored background
- Dishwasher safe, food safe, lead free
- Size - 11 inches wide
In the small village of El Puente del Arzobispo, artisans use brushes to paint every figure and line on these handsome ceramic plates. This design features a pair of golondrinas, or swallows, graceful birds of the region. The blue brushwork is painted on a warm, ivory colored background. These plates will bring a classic beauty to any meal.
We visited our friend Belén at her small workshop to take a look at her new patterns, and discovered a centuries old pattern instead! Under the piles of brightly colored ceramics we found a plate with an elegant blue pattern that captured our attention. Belén told us that this was the original pattern that had made her village famous, all the way back in the 16th century. Over the years, more modern designs had eclipsed this one, but she still continues the tradition to this day.
El Puente del Arzobispo is a beautiful village in the countryside not far from Toledo. It is famous for its abundant wildlife, which is reflected in the painted designs. The original artisans were not wealthy enough to afford expensive bright glazes, so the subtle blue was the most common color in their ceramics. We visited the local ceramics museum and found plates from the 1500s with designs almost identical to what they are creating today.
This plate is lead free and food safe. While these plates are dishwasher safe, you may want to hand wash them to prevent the glaze from fading over time.