This stunning 19th-century Hispano-Moresque ceramic plate features delicate dots and a carefully rendered image of a king in the centre of the object. The king is surrounded by an elegant crest of twirling filigree and a knight in shining armour. The plate was likely hand-painted in a light grey underglaze with a white top glaze. The bronze-coloured design would have been painted on last with care, precision, and a steady-hand. To craft Hispano-Moresque ware, two techniques were typically used. The first is glazing with an opaque tin-white glaze, and the second is lustreware, which emulates iridescent and metallic finishes. In both cases, the paint is applied as an overglaze, which is then fired again. Hispano-Moresque ware is also known as Spanish lustreware. This style of Islamic pottery was created in Muslim Spain. Over time, it continued to be made under Christian rule by blending European elements with the Islamic style. Such ceramics were once regarded as the most elaborate and sumptuous pieces of pottery being produced in Europe, and this plate would be a luxurious and unique addition to your kitchen or dining room.