Spanish Pottery Vintage Wine Jug
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This terracotta faience wine jug was hand made in the city of Teruel, Spain. Called a porrón in Spanish, it's a typical form in the Aragón region, where Teruel is located. Beautifully designed and hand painted by the pottery founded by Javier Punter in 1910, the central motif is a rooster. While we've seen the painted motifs on Punter family terracotta pottery described as "Art Deco," they are actually copies of those on Spanish pottery from the XIV century. The colors used are the classic green copper oxide based Ramina glaze, outlined in brownish-black manganese against a creamy white slip over the red clay body.
In the 1950's, Domingo Punter and his father began reproducing the medieval styles of Teruel pottery, helping to revive the dormant ceramics trade of the city. Today, Domingo and his two sons, incorporated in 1991 as Domingo Punter e Hijos, continue to produce the traditional pottery. The porrón they currently produce, in their grande size, is smaller than this earlier one, which is simply signed "Punter| 64," hand lettered in black on the dry bottom.
The form of this wine jug has spawned a party game: the wine is poured into the top and then lifted high to drink the wine cascading down from the side spout---who can lift it highest without a spill? Almost any drink can be "Porróned" and it's considered hygienic, since no one's lips touch the spout. This wine jug is 8 inches across from the tip of the spout to the opposite side, 7 inches from front to back and 10 inches tall. It weighs 2 pounds 10 ounces and is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or color loss. It's a beautiful piece of Spanish pottery with an interesting history and decorative, too.