Antique Tamegroute Glazed Terracotta Moroccan Decorative Pedestal Scalloped Bowl
Family-run pottery workshops in the oasis, near Tamegroute, not far from the Sahara, are among the oldest in the region. Dating back to the mid-17th Century, they remain virtually unchanged. Artisans still work with manual pottery wheels in buildings made from the same clay used to make pots and tiles.
This decorative, antique glazed, scalloped terracotta pedestal bowl was made in a workshop near Tamegroute, and measures just 5" in height, 13" wide and 13" deep. Many examples of Tamegroute pottery that are transported show noticeable damage, but the items in the Casa Berbere curation remain virtually perfect. Through our efforts, we've managed to offer the finest examples of this type of pottery - one that was much appreciated by luminaries like Yves Saint Laurent, who featured this unique pottery in the Tangier residence he shared with Pierre Berge.
These pottery workshops are home to one the greatest secrets of Morocco. There is a particular shade of green traditionally used in the pottery of this region that cannot be found elsewhere. The artisans source all their raw materials from nature – clay is collected from nearby palm groves by digging deep holes in the ground up to ten meters, palm tree branches are used as fuel for the stove.
The signature green glaze contains manganese, silica, cobalt, copper, barley flour, and a type of rock found in regional mines a few hundred kilometers away. The firing process is key to the multi-shade green color and has yet to be replicated anywhere else in the world. Even when exposed to the searing heat of the desert, the color will not fade or change.
Whether stunning singular pieces as display art, or a series of objects as part of an everyday table setting, Tamegroute pottery is as recognized as fine bone china or Austrian crystal by those well-traveled. The selection offered by Casa Berbere represents some of the finest pieces we have seen anywhere, with a collection of dazzling verdant hues that are a palette unto themselves. We are pleased to work with the very families who create these masterworks to bring them to you.