Basil pot

Basil pot, Manises

№ inv.: CE1/03992

This flowerpot, called alfabeguer in Valencia, was made in Manises. It consists of three parts decorated with cobalt blue polychrome reliefs, garlands, tassels, angels, pebbles and masks. The flowerpot is typical of 19th-century production in Manises. In summer, it was used without the lid to grow basil, and in winter the lid was put back on to preserve its decorative value. The 19th century saw the addition of many new forms to the original repertoire, particularly decorative objects and accessories. In Manises, monstrances were almost always made in ochre as they imitated the golden colour of brass, inkstands, flowerpot holders, jugs, brotherhood tankards, figurines of soldiers called esparteros, sugar bowls, gravy boats, saddletrees (also known as yellow poplar or tulip tree) and holy water fonts. In the Sala de la loza de Manises (Manises China Room) there are other plaques and tiles that also present this rich typology.

On display in the Sala de cerámica de Manises del siglo XIX (19th Century Manises Ceramics Room), second floor.