Tlaquepaque, historically San Pedro Tlaquepaque, is a city and the surrounding municipality in the Mexican state of Jalisco.
The name Tlaquepaque derives from Nahuatl and means "place above clay land". The area is famous for its pottery.
For holiday seekers who ventured into the country of Mexico, there were two major stopping off points. Just outside the second largest City of Mexico at the time, Guadalajara and its neighboring pottery communities of San Pedro Tlaquepaque and Tonalá, you could find an immense thriving artistic center of pottery that had a 400-year tradition in the region.
A pottery trade emerged, solely based on tourist dollars spent buying highly decorative ‘Tlaquepaque’ pottery—twice fired clay that was dipped in a lead oxide bath for its second high firing.
As the decades progressed and the roads got wider, pottery centers in nearly every state became sought after by the tourists and collectors. Artist families grew and made their livelihood from it and it is these pieces that modern collectors seek out. Though, at the forefront, it is Tlaquepaque and Tonalá that many antique and Mexican Folk Art collectors seek out today. A good number of these pieces bring a hefty dollar.
Measures 22.25 inches by 15.75 inches
Very good vintage condition
REF: Popular Arts of Mexico 1850 – 1950 page 63, Jonathan Parks Collection
REF: Antique Register 2014 article titled "Tlaquepaque: A Highly Collected Mexican Trade"
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