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Set Three Palissy Portuguese Sculpture Plates Serpents circa 1880

A set of three Palissy ware glazed ceramic plates by Caldas of Portugal circa 1880. Please enlarge the photographs to see the details of these amazing plates. Bernard Palissy, a Frenchman, invented a process in the sixteenth century of firing brilliant glazes and used the surrounding natural world as his inspiration. Casting from life he specialized in serpents, lizards, frogs and insects combined to make an enchanting object. These three plates were made by the Portuguese company of Caldas in the late nineteenth century and feature a different design on each plate. By using the same decorative background of grass the plates are related and include a serpent on each plate along with moths, lizards, frogs and a beetle. The high relief and gorgeous color palette give the ceramic plates their unique vibrancy. Be sure to notice the impressed stamp of the Caldas maker on the reverse. Largest plate dimension is listed and the two other plates measure 7" in diameter x 1 1/2" high.
# 06TFMA8


8.00" w x 8.00" d x 1.50" h

20.32cm w x 20.32cm d x 3.81cm h