This copper lustre bowl was probably produced at the ceramic centre of Manises outside of Valencia in western Spain in the 16th or 17th century.
Moorish potters travelling up from the south first introduced the art form to the area, and the works produced there were intended mainly for the Christian market.
However, most works reflect Arabic influence, combining, for example, coats of arms surrounded by naturalistic plant decoration.
Manises became the country’s centre for ceramic production during the Reconquista c.1487, when Malaga fell into Christian hands. The pottery was known across Europe for its metallic sheen and use of deep blue pigment.
The bowl in question, 17in (44cm) in diameter, bears a Maltese cross to the central boss, which could relate to the Duchy of Almalfi, once a popular export centre. It also bears floral decoration, possibly of wild bryony, with concentric circles and motifs to the reverse. It is offered by Hispanic Antiques for £1600.
Robert Docker, founder of the dealership, offers a mix of antiques from Spanish history on his website, and also stands at events such as the Northern Antiques Fair.