This cheerful folk pottery sangria pitcher was made in the town of El Puente del Arzobispo, 90 miles from Madrid, Spain. Gaily hand painted predominantly in green and gold, typical colors for Puente pottery, the decorations are also characteristic of Puente: stylized flowers and foliage and a woman dressed in traditional clothing, portrayed gathering kindling. The pottery made there often resembles that of the 16th and 17th centuries and is so appealing due to the quaint drawings and bright colors. The clay used is a very pale terracotta, glazed heavily with creamy white and a glossy top glaze. The potter's finger marks can be felt inside; every piece is one of a kind.
This pitcher stands a bit over 8 inches tall, has a 5 inch diameter base, a pinched mouth (the better to keep the fruit and ice in, while letting the wine/fruit juice out) and a sturdy, thick strap handle. In excellent condition, with only a glaze pop or two, it is immaculate and ready to use and display. It easily holds 5 cups (40 ounces) and weighs just under 2 pounds. The unglazed bottom is signed in black "Ceramical Puente Spain" along with some letters and numbers, probably an identification by the pottery business. Many of those potteries are family run and often have just a few people, who do all the potting, glazing and painting, making these pieces true folk pottery.