Malibu RARE Decorated Cuenca Faience Plate CA440

A super RARE Malibu decorated Faience plate done in a technique called “Cuenca”. Plate measures 9″ diameter. Tight hairline to back of plate.

The cuenca technique dates back at least a millennium. Outlines were drawn on the surface in manganese mixed with a greasy substance that prevented the coloured glazes used from mingling. Tiles made by the cuenca technique had deeply impressed patterns, the compartments thus formed being filled with coloured glazes. Tiles were also decorated with lustre pigments.