Haban Faience Plate

Haban Faience Plate


This plate was made in the Moravia, a historical region of the Czech Republic. This region is home to the Haban people, Anabaptists who fled persecution in Germany in the 17th century. They bought with them the latest techniques for making faience - a type of earthenware pottery fired at low temperatures and finished with a white glaze. Faience was first produced in Europe in Spain, where local craftsmen were inspired by Islamic ceramics imported from Northern Africa.

The Haban people developed a unique style of decoration, combining the techniques and colours of Spanish and Italian faience with local folkloric decoration - as can be seen here with the stylised flowers. Using their protestant teachings as inspiration they also incorporated secular symbols from the world of work - tools, guild signs and heraldry.

It measures approximately: 34cm Diameter

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