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Ceramics from Talavera

  • Object made of Talavera pottery © Turespaña

    Object made of Talavera pottery © Turespaña

  
  


"This is one of the hallmarks of the city of Talavera de la Reina. The evolution of this craft can be seen in exhibitions in the Basilica of the Virgin del Prado and the Ruiz de Luna Ceramics Museum. ..."

This is one of the hallmarks of the city of Talavera de la Reina. The evolution of this craft can be seen in exhibitions in the Basilica of the Virgin del Prado and the Ruiz de Luna Ceramics Museum. Artisanal ceramics in the style of Talavera de la Reina are recognised by UNESCO as part of the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

The kilns in Talavera were among the first to install Renaissance techniques. This historic school of traditional crafts enjoyed its period of maximum splendour in the 16th century, with production of china sets and tiles which were acquired by the likes of Philip II. Many of these pieces were exported to the Americas, Europe and other countries, and can today be seen in the Royal Palace in Madrid and in the Monastery of El Escorial.

The industry underwent its Golden Age throughout the 17th century. Pottery from Talavera is of two different types: the cultivated style from the 16th and 17th centuries (decorated with scenes of gallantry, hunting and allegories and with high-quality workmanship, and the popular pottery of the 18th and 19th centuries (with broader strokes, a greater extension of the decorative motif and simplification of the lines on the borders).

The city today is home to numerous ceramics workshops and to the Centre for Promotion of Traditional Crafts, and also hosts the City of Talavera International Ceramics Biennial.

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