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Art Deco "botijos" in the shape of the Xaudaró dog. Ca. 1930

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..._SPANISH DESIGN29 of 95Surrealistic vase, unknown maker (Spain, 1950s)CLAP ashtray, unknown designer (Flamagás, ca. 1970)
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    This two "botijos" in the shape of dogs were typical in the 1930s Valencia. As I told you when talking about the metal box, Valencia is kind of Spain's traditional source of decorative arts... and apparently it was great during the Art Deco years.

    First of all, I'll have to explain what a botijo is, with a little help from wikipedia: "the botijo is a traditional Spanish porous clay container designed to contain water. The botijo has the property that once filled and placed in the sun, it cools the water that it contains, acting as an evaporative cooler. It usually has one mouth where it is filled and one output called "pitorro" to drink from. The botijo is a typical element of Spanish culture and may vary in shape, color and material". On pic 4 you can see a traditional one, but, as the text explains, it may have a lot of shapes, colours and finishings (don't agree with what they say about the "different materials"... it won't work if it's not made of clay)

    In this case the mouth is in the dog's ribbon (look at them on pic.3) and the spout is on the dog's nose.

    They stand a little over 30 cm... more or less the size of a Whippet or an Italian greyhound (a piccolino).

    By the way, I forgot something really important: the dog's design comes from Joaquín Xaudaró, one of the best Spanish cartoonists and illustrators in the 1920s and 1930s, and it was a popular character, so this could be the Spanish equivalent of a mickey mouse jug... :)

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      stunning!!! beautiful!!
    2. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks Sean and vet for you love and comment (Sean):

      Please take a look at it again as i have just added more text and one more image.
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks aghcollect!!!
    4. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      Your very welcome austro!!
    5. AmberRose AmberRose, 7 years ago
      How adorable!
    6. maryh1956 maryh1956, 7 years ago
      WOW! They are amazing, and thanks for all the history behind them. Do they have any marks on the base?
    7. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks for your love mike, Fran, racer, DrFluffy, Amber and kerry!!!

      I have just changed the fourth pic. Now you can see some artoons where the dog appears. As you can see it wasn't a character, but he was in virtually every cartoon Xaudaró made. Some kind of signature item. As for the jokes... most of them are puns, hard to translate into English without extra explanations. I guess the easiest one is the one with the photographer "Will the gentleman please smile, so he won't look like a seal tamer?"

      @maryh1956... I guess i should have taken a picture of their bases, although i don't remember them having any marks. In any case they are at "the other house", so I won't be able to do it in several weeks.
    8. Nordicman32 Nordicman32, 7 years ago
      very cool!!! beautiful colors!!
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks Nordic!!!
    10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks for your love tom, Budek, petey and bracken!!!
    11. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks for loving, Vintagefran and ho2cultcha!!!!
    12. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thank you guys for loving!!! ho2cultcha, bratjdd, Amber, Moonstonelo and Virginia!!! I know some of you loved some time ago, but never thanked before.

      And I see someone loved twice! :D
    13. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      We found, amongst Carlos's thing, one of the books by Xaudaró... I'll post about it soon!!!
    14. Virginia.vintage Virginia.vintage, 7 years ago
      Love "botijos", there are Spain!!
      Great post, thanks for share!
    15. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 7 years ago
      Thanks VIRGINIA!!!

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