Of amphora form, decorated in underglaze blue to both sides with an elaborate building in a landscape, inscribed to one side 'COND. SA. EL.' and 'ONATE' to the other, flanked by strap handles painted with scrolling foliage and with gaping mask terminals
23 in. (58.4 cm.) high
Brought to you by

Lot Essay

For a Talavera jar of similar form dated 1625-50 in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, see Accession No. 1983.469.2. For a condiment dish decorated with a similar subject matter, see A. Ray, Spanish Pottery 1248-1898, New York, 2000, p. 188, pl. 347.

The inscription Oñate may refer to the Basque town of Oñati. Medieval buildings in the town bear a similarity to those painted on this jar, including the former University of Oñati, one of the oldest university buildings on the Iberian peninsula.

Related Articles

More from
The Collector: English & European Furniture, Ceramics, Silver & Works of Art
Place your bid Condition report

A Christie's specialist may contact you to discuss this lot or to notify you if the condition changes prior to the sale.

I confirm that I have read this Important Notice regarding Condition Reports and agree to its terms. View Condition Report