Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Burrell Collection, Glasgow Museums
Hegira 864–84 / AD 1460–80
Glazed and lustre-painted earthenware.
Diameter 45 cm
Mudéjar / Nasrid
Manises, Valencia, Spain.
A dish with the shield belonging to the Tondi family of Siena, Italy, in the centre surrounded by radiating chains of 'bryony' flowers (those with blue petals and lustre-painted centres) alternating with chains of blue 'parsley'-shaped leafs (those that are made up of ragged trefoil shapes), and both interwoven with lustre-coloured spindly 'fern' leaves. This style of dish belongs to a distinctive range that was much sought after in Spain and in other parts of Europe where it was exported in large quantities. This explains the presence of the Italian family's shield, for this type of lustre-ware was extremely popular in Italy.
Manises was one of the main pottery-making towns in Valencia, and played a leading role in the manufacture of lustre-wares for export to Europe, principally to France and Italy. Manises's pottery left for export from the Valencian port of Grao where many Manises potters owned pottery warehouses and shops. These potters were a mixture of Christians and Moors (Muslims), the latter of which were not permitted to take their skills to work outside the town, testifying to the value of their special skills to the economy of Manises. By the mid-16th century (AH 956), Manises had a major monopoly on the production of lustre-wares in Valencia.
The old name for this type of Mudéjar-style Spanish lustre ceramics is ‘Hispano-Moresque’, a term indicating that the potters who made it were a mixture of Christians and Moors (Muslims), the latter of which were restricted to practising their much-praised skill outside the town of Manises in Valencia.
Artistic analysis and identification of the shield belonging to the Tondi family of Siena, Italy.
Part of the collection given to the City of Glasgow by Sir William and Lady Burrell in 1944.
Ray, A., Spanish Pottery 1248–1898, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2000.
Noorah Al-Gailani "Dish" in Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers, 2019. http://islamicart.museumwnf.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;uk;Mus04;5;en
Prepared by: Noorah Al-GailaniNoorah Al-Gailani
Noorah Al-Gailani is Curator for Islamic Civilisations at Glasgow Museums, Scotland. With a BA in Interior Design from the College of Fine Arts, Baghdad University and three years' experience in design and folk art preservation, she moved to the UK in 1992. On completing her MA in Museum Studies at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 1994, she worked as Project Officer at the Grange Museum of Community History documenting the presence of Muslim communities in the London Borough of Brent. In 1995 she was Assistant Curator, Ancient Monuments Laboratory, English Heritage, and in 1996 became Curator for John Wesley's House and the Museum of Methodism in London. She co-authored The Islamic Year: Surahs, Stories and Celebrations (Stroud: Hawthorn Press, 2002) for non-Muslim children. Since 2003 she has been based at The Burrell Collection in Glasgow, working across the city's museums to interpret Islamic art and culture, ancient and modern, through research, exhibitions and educational activities.
Copyedited by: Mandi Gomez
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