The founder of La Cartuja de Sevilla, the Marquis Charles of Pickman, arrived in Seville in 1841 intent on setting up a high quality new fine pottery factory to compete with the market- dominating English brands. Taking advantage of the expropriation decreed by Mendizábal, he acquires the Cartujo Monastery of Santa Maria de las Cuevas where he finds the ideal conditions for his enterprise.
From the foundation of the factory in 1841, Charles “Carlos” Pickman established new methods such as the importation of raw material, the use of moulds and specialised machinery such as mechanical arms and presses. The work of specialist English workers and the experience of the founder all ensured the success of the factory. The business flourished and the Seville factory became one of the most well known in Europe and managed to establish trade links with Latin American countries.
The second half of 19th century was of great splendour for La Cartuja de Sevilla which receives many first class prizes and gold medals at international exhibitions: Paris (1856, 1867 y 1878), London (1862), Oporto (1865), Vienna (1872), Seville (1858, 1929 y 1949), Barcelona (1888), Bayonne(1864), Philadelphia (1876), etc.
An important milestone as regards recognition of the quality of the products fabricated by the factory came about in 1871 when La Cartija de Sevilla was named warrant holder by royal appointment by Amadeo I de Saboya, who posthumously grants the title of Marquis of Pickman to the founder of the factory for his outstanding contribution to industrial methods. Charles Pickman was also honoured by his admission to Britain’s Most Noble Order of the Garter, which is used as a brand in some of the firm’s collections.
As well as the Spanish Royal Household, La Cartuja has been present in other European royal households, most notably Isabel of Bavaria, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary, more commonly known as Sissi, was a regular patron of the factory’s products.
All in all, from its beginnings La Cartuja de Sevilla crockery has been and still is found on the most institutional and refined tables, as well as the majority of households in Spain. Today, there are many events and occasions where La Cartuja can be found: prize giving ceremonies; diplomatic dinners; exclusive society or fashion parties; prestigious wineries, and several television appearances in series and films.
After a 175 year history, La Cartuja de Sevilla is more dynamic than ever. It is armed with the experience and values to constantly renew without losing sight of its past, or fear of being visible but aware of its own potential. Innovative shapes and designs will ensure that La Cartuja de Sevilla is on a solid path to offer its patrons a character which marries the past with the future in a surprising way. We work constantly to take La Cartuja and the Spanish brand to other corners of the planet.