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Portomarinica ashtrays set, Cerámicas de Castro/Sargadelos (1970s)

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    Posted 10 years ago

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    "Portomarinica" is one of the most succesfull designs ever made by Castro/Sargadelos. It takes it's name from the Galician churh of San Juan de Portomarín, a Romanesque church in Galicia, from where the checkers decoration in this set is taken from. It was first designed in 1968, originally as a tabletop set with dishes, soup bowl, coffe pot, tepot, cps and saucers... but in time -and for short periods- many other items were designed for the range (table lamps, hanging lamps... and many other things. This ashtray set is one of those.

    Its designer, Isaac Díaz Pardo, was a true visionary. Born in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia (North West of Spain) and son of a painter and stage designer, he studied Fine Arts in Madrid. He soon left art to focus on ceramics (creating Cerámicas de Castro in Galicia and Porcelana de La Magdalena in Argentina) and design. He's also famous for some amazing anthropomorphic chairs (

    On the fourth pic you can see a coffee set from the Portomarinica series (which is now commercialized abroad as Portomarinico... who knows why!). My mother's got this set and I remember she always used it on special occasions when she had relatives or friends at home... I've told her a thousand times it's got to be mine someday, and it will!!!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      Thank you for introducing me to another 'name', austro.
      Fabulous line and castellated Islamic (?) decor.
    2. AmberRose AmberRose, 10 years ago
      Hi Austro! I absolutly love it! That pattern! I'm going to call your Mom and ask her to give me that set! :))
    3. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      Islamic??? No, I don't think so. Galicia had almost no Islamic influence... apparently along with Asturias and the Basque Country it was far too poor (meaning the land there didn't allow big crops, even if it's extremely fertile) for the Islamic people to set their eyes on them. Díaz Pardo is a very interesting name in design, as well as an essay writer.

      Mmm... dear Amber, I think I am first on her list, so you will have to get your own Portomarinica set ;)

      Thanks all for your loves and comments
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 10 years ago
      I had a look at the Church of San Juan de Portomarín and saw the castellation on the ash trays. It's the concave pattern of the design that reminded me of the 'muqarnas'. I take your point about the Islamic influence in Asturias & Galicia. It just looked different and took my eye.
    5. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      I think it's understandable. I love you're always so curious about everything about art and design, vet!
    6. SEAN68 SEAN68, 10 years ago
      stunning and one of my favorites!!
    7. sarahoff sarahoff, 10 years ago
      Lovely collection austrohungaro. You should post a shot of it all on display:)
    8. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 10 years ago
      Thanks Sara! Well, first of all I should own the coffee set! It's still not mine, and being my Mom's I wish there's still a looooong time for it to be mine :)
    9. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 9 years ago
      Thanks for loving, Hunter!!!

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