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Large white plate with blue decoration. This is an example of a tin-glazed Andalusian lustreware straight-sided dish with simple rim and thick footring. This Andalusian dish is decorated in blue and faded lustre, with a stylised cruciform tree-of-life and bands of mock Arabic script. Traditionally the designs on Spanish lustrewares were influenced by Moorish and Arabic tradition, but by the early 1500s the motifs were adapted to new markets, and the Islamic symbols were replaced by motifs and images appropriate for a Christian culture. Pottery from Andalusia and Catalonia arrived in London via the Netherlands or as gifts or souvenirs brought by travellers. Political links with the kingdom of Aragon in the early 1500s helped to stimulate trade with Spain and interest in exotically decorated ceramics for the table.
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