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Crockery at its finest

La Cartuja de Sevilla is linked to the intimate memory of many Spanish families who kept the objects of decorated crockery with exotic motifs for special occasions. Its exclusive formula and delicate motifs have been preserved to date as a traditional jewel.

After almost two centuries, the magisterial formula that in its proportions results in the fine earthenware characteristic of La Cartuja de Sevilla, continues to maintain its same components: quartz, kaolin, feldspar, silica, clay and sand, among others.

Honoring the centenary tradition of the firm and respecting the experience of the artisans, La Cartuja de Sevilla proposes to adapt the crockery and decorative objects to the new customs, appealing to new forms of exoticism and an extraordinary daily life. To do this, it will use the distinction of its classics and the designs that will emerge soon after new collaborations. Don’t miss the novelties during next Maison & Objet Paris fair.

A history before all,

Charles Pickman, founder of La Cartuja de Sevilla Pottery

Marquis Charles de Pickman started La Cartuja de Sevilla in 1841, when he arrived in the city with the idea of building a factory of the best quality ceramic crockery to compete with the English brands.

Taking advantage of the confiscation of ecclesiastical goods by Juan Álvarez Mendizábal, he acquires the Cartuja’s monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas where he found the best conditions for his purpose. From this moment, the names Pickman and La Cartuja de Sevilla link inseparably together, making the first step to what would become one of the biggest and most prestigious factories of ceramic crockery.

Cartuja monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas

From the beginning of the factory in 1841, Charles Pickman used innovated methods such as imported source materials, the use of moulds, the use of specialised machinery such as mechanised arms and press, the work of English specialists and a whole lot of ceramic crockery experience from the founder gave them the enormous success at the factory’s early stage. Due to the success the company ended up being one of the most known companies in Europe allowing them to do business with the Hispanic-American market.

Shapes, decorations and really rare colours started to create an unique style turning out to be the hallmark of the company. That strong personality is transmitted in the decorative pieces, crockery and dinnerware used from 1841 to the present days in public collection or private collections of artistic ceramic, finding them at the most important royal houses of Europe. 

Written by
Cyril Foiret








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