This rare 'Palissy Ware' wall plate was crafted in the third quarter of the 19th Century by Jose Alves Cunha. This particular plate depicts lizards, a snake and several bugs on a textured ceramic ground, decorated with polychrome enamels. The piece dates to circa 1875 and was crafted in Caldas Rainha in Portugal where a large amount of 'Palissy Ware' style ceramics were created during the 19th Century. The piece is designed to be hung on a wall or pillar and is fully marked for manfacture by Cunha.
Palissy ware refers to earthenware in the taste of Frenchman Bernard Palissy (c.1510-1590) who created ceramics in a way he at the time called 'rustique'. His technique of lead glazed earthenware in a sombre colour palette typically depicted animals and bugs. During the 19th Century several makers revived this style and began producing work in the taste of Palissy.
Measures - 24cm D