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Brazier plate

Plato brasero

Nº inv.: CE1/01584

This type of large shallow plate is called baci gran. The term “brazier plate” comes from antique dealers and art historians’ jargon. It was not used as a brazier, but as a showpiece.

It has a white and opaque tin covering, with a golden decoration (see Bote de farmacia for the technique explanation) on which cobalt blue has been applied.

It is decorated with a shield in the centre with the Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) motif, belonging to the Cabanilles family. Ataurique motifs are depicted around the whole plate, deriving from the asymmetric Nasdrid staff (a series known as Thick Atauriques). The reverse is decorated with an eagle with spread wings and fern leaves. In this type of piece, reverses decorated with an eagle are more common. According to Davillier it is the eagle of Saint John, patron of Valencia, whose Gospel begins: “In pricipium erat verbum…” (“In the beginning there was the word”) appearing in numerous later inscriptions. It also relates to the imperial eagle of the coat of arms of the Kingdom of Sicily, which, during the 15th century, was under Aragonese rule.

Lustreware (golden pottery) achieved resounding success among royalty and nobility as well as popes and prelates of the church, increasing demand and outshining the rest of the productions. Production began in the 14th century and the boost it was given by the Crown and the nobility played an important role in the distribution of this type of ceramics across Europe. The pieces were considered prestigious objects displaying the coat of arms of the preeminent families, as shown in this example from the 15th century.

On display in the Sala de la cerámica mudéjar (Mudejar Ceramics Room), second floor.

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