This is the second of two sets of beige or tan pottery trays we have to offer. It 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 detailed pastoral scenes on all five pieces is great. The large tray depicts two squirrels, one blue and one yellow and cacti and a agave plant--all in typical bright colors. Three of the smaller trays depict a reclining Mexican in sombrero and the fourth a yellow rabbit.
The large tray is marked "Made in Mexico" on the bottom in relief, and "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. Please look at the photos to see the largest of the nicks on one of the small trays' corner. There are 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.