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Majolica wares were introduced to the public during London’s Crystal Palace Exhibition in 1851. However, this unique pottery made its first European appearance during the 13th century, when the tin-glazed Hispano-Moresque pottery originating from the port of Majorca • hence, it’s name, Majolica • arrived in Pisa, Italy.

Renaissance Italian potters from the small town of Deruta made use of the special clay from the Umbrian hills, establishing it as the center for maiolic. Their experimentations with applied tin glazes to the soft earthenware created unique and colorful designs onto shapes such as platters and pitchers.

During the 17th century, maiolica was further development in England. Notable European manufacturers of majolica wares include Herbert Minton, Josiah Wedgwood, Joseph Holdcroft, and George Jones. Two of the most recognized American names are Griffin, Smith and Hill (Etruscan) and Chesapeake Pottery.

Majolica Hand Vase With Pineapple

Majolica vase of hand holding a pineapple; English; unmarked; circa 1880.
Height=10.25 SOLD!!

  • Majolica Elephant Pot; English; Circa 1890 Price: $295.00
  • Fanciful Majolica Teapot in Form of a Blowfish;
    English, Circa 1870 Price: $595.00
  • Great Majolica Fish Pitcher With Wonderful Blue Ground;
    English, Circa 1860 Price: $495.00
  • 4-Sided Majolica Fish Pitcher; Circa 1870 Price: $450.00
  • Great Majolica Plate With Fish Decoration;
    English, 1870 Price: $495.00
  • Majolica Dish With Leaves and Yellow Flowers;
    English, Circa 1890 Price: $260.00
  • Majolica Asparagus Plate; English, Circa 1890 Price: $350.00
  • Unusual Majolica Bread and Fruit Plate With Pears;
    English, Circa 1860 Price: $575.00
  • Wedgwood Majolica Reticulated Plate Price: $245.00
  • Majolica Shell and Seaweed Plate Price: $145.00
  • Majolica Leaf Dish Price: $75.00
  • Majolica Wedgwood Folded Ribbon Plate Price: $180.00
  • Aqua Majolica Pitcher; 7″ Price: $295.00

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