Spanish Alcora Porcelain Turk Gallant within an Arbour





An extremely rare Alcora Porcelain Figure of a Turk, wearing Levantine costume of a frilled skirt with brocaded edge, tied at the waist with a sash, his buttoned up chemise beneath a long cape with lappet border, his bejewelled turban with aigrette and plume, standing proudly before a rococo scrolled arch, applied with flowers and leaves, on a irregularly moulded oval base, applied with similar flowers.

Circa 1750-60

Height: 13 ins. (33 cms.)

The Spanish porcelain manufactory founded by the 9th Count of Aranda in 1727 in Valencia, was fully supported by the Bourbon monarchy. After 1742 when the 10th Count inherited the manufactory, they began to produce soft paste porcelain having specialised in faience prior to this. The manufactory, in the second period, also produced exuberant and colourful rococo vessels and creamware plaques, medallions and figural portrait busts.

Item No. 1368

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