- Painted by hand in Spain
- Traditional 16th century pattern
- From the village of El Puente del Arzobispo
- Rustic ivory background
- Dishwasher safe, food safe, lead free
- Size - 9 inches wide
This delightful bowl was painted by hand in the small village of El Puente del Arzobispo. It has a warm, ivory colored background and a blue brushstroke design. Your favorite pasta or salad will be beautifully presented in this shallow bowl.
Artisans hand-paint every line and figure on each bowl. This design finds its roots in the 16th century and features a pair of golondrinas, or swallows, graceful birds of the countryside around the village.
We discovered this pattern on a recent visit to the small workshop where our friend Belén supervises a small team of artisans. She was showing us her latest patterns when we noticed a plate painted with elegant blue designs. She told us that this was the original design from the 16th century! While more colorful modern designs were her most popular, she continues to produce this original style, almost unchanged over the centuries.
El Puente del Arzobispo is a beautiful village in the countryside not far from Toledo. It was famous for its abundant wildlife, which is reflected in the ceramics designs. The original artisans were not prosperous 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 400 years ago with designs almost identical to what they are producing 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.