Origin: Rato Factory, Lisbon (?)
Dating: 18th century
Dimensions (cm): 25,5 x 25,5 x 35
Inv. no.: PD0140
A Royal Factory was established in 1767 to produce earthenware. Due to the location of its settlement in Lisbon it became known as Rato Factory.
Its concept was based on a Marquis of Pombal’s protectionist campaign and, in a first phase, the Factory produced luxurious models, some of which for the Marquis himself. In a second phase the lavish production was upheld and the blue and white motifs prevailed.
The Rato Factory remained successful up to 1818 when successive ill management led to its closure in 1835.