This set of pottery trays is from Tonala and is in the Tlaquepaque style. It is a five piece set, one large colorful tray that holds the four smaller ones. At one time, there would have been a round center bowl.
The pastoral scenes on all five pieces is exquisite, very detailed. The large tray depicts a Mexican in a sombrero and serape against a background of cacti, flowers, and a basket of cactus fruit. Each of the smaller trays is unique: a dog, a burro, a house, and a seated slumbering Mexican,
The large tray is marked "Made in Mexico Aldana" on the bottom, and "Made in Mexico" is in blue on the bottom of each smaller tray.
The large tray (15" in diameter and 2" high) is trimmed with Aztec and geometric designs in various colors. The small trays are about 7" at the widest and are trimmed in blue and nest perfectly in the large tray. The background is in the popular beige/tan color,
The set is in good condition with the expected minor nicks in the smaller trays but no cracks and no major chunks missing in any of the pieces.
The pottery from the Pascual Aldana factory in Tonala is much sought after. Tonala and Tlaquepaque are suburbs of Guadalajara but were small villages near Guadalajara back when this piece was made.
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