Unknown author1625-1675

Grão Vasco National Museum

Grão Vasco National Museum
Viseu, Portugal

In the second half of the 17th century, in the early days of the production of Dutch faience, which was more delicate and remained strictly faithful to the qualities of the Chinese porcelain that until then had dominated the export of objects of this nature, the Portuguese production was practically limited to domestic consumption, so that it consequently became more rustic and much heavier in its compositions and decorative motifs. The use of cobalt blue was now joined by the wine-coloured outlines of manganese oxide .
Particularly illustrative of this period is this faience bottle, painted in blue and manganese, with a spherical belly in the shape of a globe, decorated with rabbits alternating with floral compositions; the base displays a strip on which leaves alternate with small ovolos.


  • Title: Bottle
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 1625-1675
  • Physical Location: Grâo Vasco Nacional Museum, Viseu, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 26.5 cm x 19 cm
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: © DGPC/ADF/Photographer:Arnaldo Soares, 1994
  • Medium: Earthenware, round piece; blue and manganese painting

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