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.
The bottom of this dish is decorated with a deer surrounded by an exotic landscape.
The broad, sloping rim is decorated with four “aranhões”, alternating with four bulbous floral elements. On the back of the rim are four S-shaped scrolls.


  • Title: Dish
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: 17th century
  • Physical Location: Grâo Vasco Nacional Museum, Viseu, Portugal
  • Physical Dimensions: 6 cm x 41 cm
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: © DGPC/ADF/Photographer:Carlos Monteiro, 2004
  • Medium: Earthenware, round piece; blue and manganese painting

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