From the beautiful city of Porto, Portugal, comes this vibrantly hand painted pitcher made by the Carvalhinho Pottery Factory, founded in 1840. Known for its tiles, Carvalhinho made pottery pieces also, and exported much of it to the U.S. during the mid twentieth century. Made of white clay with their typical pale bluish tint to the high gloss faience glaze, the pitcher's charming polychrome decorations are in gay colors of cobalt blue, lemon yellow and lime green, among others. The designs are classic Portuguese ones, such as the flowers and the arabesques. We especially admire the fleurs-de-lis, often seen on European faience pieces.
The mark on the bottom smeared during production (photo # 6), so we've provided a clearer copy of the same mark in photo # 7. At the top of the actual mark is C/7, denoting the size; below that are some unreadable characters. The round green mark has a letter F over a letter C, which represents, in Portuguese, Fábrica do Carvalhinho (Carvalhinho Factory). The CF is surrounded by the words Carvalhinho Porto. Below the green circular mark are the words "Hand Painted" in black script and "Made in Portugal" stamped in black. The model number P. 204 is embossed on the bottom also. This mark was used from circa 1950 until the company went out of business in the early 1980's. The old advertisement, in Portuguese, is from 1931.