Clay Between Two Seas: From the Abbasid Court to Puebla de los Angeles at Crow Collection of Asian Art
Many know about the fabulous ceramics of Puebla, Mexico, widely known as Talavera. But few of us know the extent to which these popular works relate through trade to the ceramic traditions of Ming and Qing China and to the Abbasid court of the Middle East. With Chinese ceramics flooding Europe through Mexico and the Manila galleons and Islamic court ceramics affecting Spanish native ceramic traditions, Talavera can be argued to be the first truly global ceramic production. Hurrah for the Crow Collection of Asian Art for organizing this and its ancillary exhibitions with the Baroque Museum in Puebla.