Antique Pulpit style sets are usually attributed to Spain, but, as Gareth Williams points out, there is no reason to believe they come from Spain. They have also been attributed to Napoleonic prisoners of war. No one really knows where antique Pulpit sets come from. Williams guesses all of these sets were made between 1770 and 1830. Jon Crumiller has an excellent example of the Antique Spanish Pulpit Set. Some of these sets have figural faces. They remind me of the way Island people are portrayed in old movies and TV shows. I see palm leaf or feather head-dresses and grass skirts on these pieces. Spanish? I don't know. Prisoners of war? It's a mystery.
Late 19th and early 20th century Mexican artisans thought these pieces were of Spanish origin, and they paid tribute by reproducing the design. All of my Pulpit sets are 20th century Mexican. Mexican sets are quite interesting. There are three main influences. The first are these 'Spanish' Pulpit sets, like Jon's set above. The second influence is French, from the very brief French occupation of Mexico1864-1867. Some Mexican sets look so much like French Regence sets I've included them in that section. At the moment all of my Mexican sets are split between this style and the Regence style for that reason, though sometimes it's a hard line to draw. I could have grouped all of the Mexican sets together instead but I like to trace styles back historically and it's easy to see the resemblance in these cases. Native-American Mexican symbols are the third major influence on Mexican sets from this time. The pulpit sets on this page are all mixes of the old Spanish Pulpit style and Native Mexican and symbols. It is a similar case with the French looking Mexican sets. I imagine all of my Pulpit sets are from the mid 20th century, but these designs have been made since the 1880s. I have four Mexican 'Spanish Pulpit' sets.
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