Treasures abound in the thousands of objects that comprise the Hispanic Society’s collection of decorative arts. The magnificent collection of Spanish ceramics is the largest in the United States, and one of the finest and most comprehensive outside of Spain, encompassing lusterware, faience or tin-glazed earthenware, burnished earthenware, and porcelain.
Exceptional examples of the famous Islamic-influenced lusterware produced at Manises (Valencia) from the 14th through 18th centuries are among the finest to be found anywhere. All of the major decorative styles and motifs from Islamic to Gothic can be found on the dozens of albarelos (pharmacy or drug jars), chargers, bowls, deep basins, and vases of the “golden” pottery. At the height of its popularity in the 14th and 15th centuries, Spanish lusterware with its lustrous metallic glazes was the most prized of all European ceramics, as evidenced by the numerous pieces emblazoned with the coats-of arms of Italian and Spanish noble families. The collection of lusterware also includes an array of choice pieces from Muel and Catalonia dating from the 15th through 18th centuries.
Lusterware Deep Basin with Coat of Arms of Castilla-León, Tin-glazed earthenware with cobalt and luster. Manises, Valencia, Spain. 1425-1450