This nice old oval redware bowl was made of hand-mixed, rather than machine prepared, clay that was glazed, painted and double fired. This resulted in a slight roughness and the typical rim flaking. Glazed pottery such as this bowl is usually classified as Tlaquepaque, but could have easily been made in Tonalá or Santa Cruz de las Huertas, which are also in the Guadelajara area. The village of Tlaquepaque, however, tended to be visited by more tourists with more money to spend, so pottery from other villages was sent there for sale.
The hand painted decorations on this bowl are simple but decorative. The central flower is done in dark green and dark blue with touches of brown and yellow around it. The upper rim has a very fine line of brown and a wider one of blue and the piecrust edge is striped with blue. The overall glaze color is a pale, speckled cocoa brown, with the sides and bottom being undecorated and unsigned. It measures 7 inches in diameter and is almost 2 inches high. Some of the rim flaking has developed into shallow chips and there is a small area of paint loss on the bottom. It is in wonderful vintage condition and ready to enjoy.
Note: Mexican pottery of this vintage has lead in the glaze. Do not use it for food service, even though the idea of salsa or guacamole in it is tempting.