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Victorian Majolica



Ruth Saloon (18BC79)

 
Green glazed majolica pitcher from 18BC79 - Ruth Saloon - click image to see larger view.   Page from catalog importer Jones, McDuffee and Stratton - click image to see larger view.

Green glazed majolica pitcher.

From circa 1906-1912 context.

  Page from catalog of importer Jones, McDuffee and Stratton,
who were  Boston merchants that conducted business with the British pottery manufacturer Wedgwood - image from Karmason (2002). 

Hanley

Collected by George L. Miller in 1986 in Hanley  Cannot be attributed to a specific pottery.

Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably large plate or serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably serving dish or large plate.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel.
Molded and green glazed vessel of
indeterminate form – probably serving dish.
Green glaze covers both the interior
and exterior of the vessel.
Molded and green glazed vessel of
indeterminate form– probably large plate or
serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the
interior and exterior of the vessel.

Molded and green glazed vessel of
indeterminate form– probably serving dish
or large plate. Green glaze covers both
the interior and exterior of the vessel.

 

Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.  The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze.              Corn was a popular motif in majolica ceramics. Pitcher in private collection.
Corn Kernel motif


Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.  The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze. Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.  The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze.
basket weave


Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.
The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze.

Corn was a popular motif in majolica ceramics. Pitcher in private collection.


Tittensore

Collected by George L. Miller in 1986 in Staffordshire.  Cannot be attributed to a specific pottery.


                                 Exterior                               Interior

 
Tittensore - hollow vessel in an unidentified hollow form.  Possibly pitcher or vase.  Molded and painted  floral dogwood on bark motif.  This vessel displays a turquoise interior glaze - Collected by George L. Miller in 1986 in Staffordshire.  Cannot be attributed to a specific pottery. Tittensore - hollow vessel in an unidentified hollow form.  Possibly pitcher or vase.  Molded and painted  floral dogwood on bark motif.  This vessel displays a turquoise interior glaze - Collected by George L. Miller in 1986 in Staffordshire.  Cannot be attributed to a specific pottery.     Tittensore - hollow vessel in an unidentified hollow form.  Possibly pitcher or vase.  Molded and painted  floral dogwood on bark motif.  This vessel displays a turquoise interior glaze - Collected by George L. Miller in 1986 in Staffordshire.  Cannot be attributed to a specific pottery.     Tittensore - hollow vessel in an unidentified hollow form.  Possibly pitcher or vase.  Molded and painted  floral dogwood on bark motif.  This vessel displays a turquoise interior glaze - Collected by George L. Miller in 1986 in Staffordshire.  Cannot be attributed to a specific pottery. Pitcher to right in a private collection, displays a similar, but not identical pattern to the Tittensore sherd. Pitcher to right in a private collection, displays a similar, but not identical pattern to the Tittensore sherd.

Hollow vessel in an unidentified hollow form.  Possibly pitcher or vase.  Molded and painted floral dogwood
on bark motif.  This vessel displays a turquoise interior glaze.

Pitcher to right in a private collection,displays a similar, but not identical pattern to the Tittensore sherd.


Private Collection

Molded heron on victorian majolica pitcher with pink interior and mixed colors exterior - 1800's - private collection - click image to see a larger view. Molded heron on victorian majolica pitcher with pink interior and mixed colors exterior - 1800's - private collection - click image to see a larger view. Green glazed majolica leaf plate - circa 1860 - private collection - click image to see larger view. Green glazed majolica grape vine pattern plate, circa 1860 - private collection - click image to see larger view.

Victorian Majolica pitcher decorated in
browns and greens. The interior is decorated
in a shade of pink. Adorning the piece are two
birds that look like Heron or Egret with the
long legs, 6 ½" H. x 4 ¾'' W.

 

Green glazed majolica leaf plate.

Vessel shown here dated as
circa 1860, 9.25” length.
Green glazed majolica grape vine pattern plate.

Vessel shown here dated as
circa 1860.
Cache pot, showing interior glazing in solid color different from that of vessel exterior, c 1880 - private collection - click image to see larger view. This vessel displays the high relief, realistic molding and painting that was characteristic of high quality Victorian majolica, circa 1880 - private colleciton - click image to see larger view. 1880s Wedgwood Argenta majolica pitcher showing Japanese influenced designs against a white background - private collection - click image to see larger view.

Cache pot, showing interior glazing in
solid color different from that of
vessel exterior.

English,  c. 1880, Height 8"

This sardine box displays the high relief,
realistic molding and painting that was
characteristic of high quality Victorian majolica.

British, circa 1880,  4" x 7”

1880s Wedgwood Argenta majolica pitcher
showing Japanese influenced designs against
a white background.

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Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably large plate or serving dish.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Molded and green glazed vessel of indeterminate form – probably serving dish or large plate.  Green glaze covers both the interior and exterior of the vessel. Unidentified hollow vessels, one molded with a corn kernel motif and the other a basket weave.  The corn molded fragment has a pale pink interior glaze. Corn was a popular motif in majolica ceramics. Pitcher in private collection. This vessel is representative of the inexpensive lead glazed imitations of Jasper stoneware, produced in the first half of the 19th century. Dipped pearlware mug with greyish-brown slip, to which sprig molded figures have been applied.  This vessel is representative of the inexpensive lead glazed imitations of Jasper stoneware, produced in the first half of the 19th century. In this closup of vessel on left, in the damaged area above the legs in the figure on the right, the unglazed greyish color of the slip is visible where portions of the sprig molded design have flaked away. Bone china saucer with light blue floral motif.  Note that the floral basket is enclosed within a larger molded motif. Bone china bowl, possibly a slop bowl, with a light blue thistle and shamrock sprig molded motif.  This vessel is badly stained - possibly known as Chelsea sprig pattern, dated by the Museum Victoria in Victoria, Australia as circa 1880, based on archaeological context. Queen’s ware (creamware) ashtray with sprig molded grapevine design. Closeup detail of plate shown on left - Queen’s ware (creamware) ashtray with sprig molded grapevine design. Printed mark “WEDGWOOD of Etruria & Barlaston, Made in England” dating after c. 1940 (Godden 1964:660).  The impressed mark reads “Wedgwood 4 C 65”, meaning that this vessel was made in April of 1965 (Godden 1964:659). Bone china sugar dish with blue floral sprigging.  It is part of a largely complete teaware set previously owned by the Ogle family, former owners of Belair Museum. The sugar dish bears the impressed mark of John Wedge Wood, in business in Staffordshire between 1841 to 1860  (Godden 1964).  Wood apparently tried to capitalize off the reputation of Josiah Wedgwood’s firm by marking his wares in a manner that could be easily be mistaken for the better known firm.  Note the small space between the G and the W in Wedgwood.  Josiah Wedgwood’s firm also never used the initial J. in their marks. This bone china cup in the Blue Chelsea pattern bears the post 1962 mark of Adderleys Ltd. (Godden 1964:25), attesting to the production of this type of sprig decorated ware into the second half of the twentieth century.

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