- Hand Painted in Spain
- Warm ivory white background
- Beautiful pattern from the 16th century
- From the village of El Puente del Arzobispo
- Dishwasher safe, food safe, lead free
- Size - 11 inches wide
These delightful ceramics come from the small village of El Puente del Arzobispo. This elegant design originated in the 16th century and has changed little since then. The blue brushwork is painted on a warm, ivory white background. This plate features a wild boar in the countryside.
We traveled to Spain to visit our friend Belén in El Puente, and she showed us into her tiny studio. We were excited to see her new designs, but to our delight, we found a centuries-old pattern instead!
Below piles of colorful ceramics we found a plate with an elegant blue pattern that captured our imagination. Belén informed us that this was the original design 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 her small studio continues painting the classic pattern to this day.
El Puente del Arzobispo is a charming small village in the countryside not far from Toledo. The region is famous for its wildlife, which became central to its painted designs. The original artisans could not 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 very similar 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.