Learn about Majolica

Majolica is a trade name first used in England by the Minton Pottery, and later by others including Wedgwood, Copeland, George Jones, and in Australia by John Campbell and Bendigo Pottery. A large quantity of majolica was also produced in England and Europe that is unmarked, or was made by minor manufacturers. Majolica is an earthenware pottery decorated with a clear lead glaze and is characterised by vivid colour and a high gloss finish. It was first introduced in England by Minton at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 as "Palissy ware", named after the inventor, the 16th century French potter Bernard Palissy, (c 1510 - c 1589) and also another type of earthenware coloured by an opaque glaze, which it called "Majolica Ware", the name derived from the Italian maiolica ware. However over time the name "Palissy Ware" was dropped and the wares became known as "Majolica". To add to the confusion, the English pottery A.E. Jones and Sons, of Stoke-on-Trent, used the name "Palissy" for its majolica wares.

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An Italian majolica glaze covered urn, 20th century, 61 cm high

Antique French Majolica jardiniere, approx 22 cm high, 42 cm long, 24 cm wide

Set of four antique French Majolica asparagus plates, each approx 26 cm diameter (4)

Majolica pottery cheese dome & stand. Moulded panels decorated with birds & lily ponds.

Langley, Robert Savige (b. 1929), a majolica and sgraffito terracotta wall tile of a winged siren and a sailing ship, signed and dated 1971 verso. Height 26 cm. Width 26 cm

Antique French Majolica Art Nouveau jardiniere, approx 20 cm high, 30 cm dia

Antique French Majolica jardiniere with lion mask handles, approx 21 cm high, 24 cm Dia

Antique French majolica jardiniere, approx 27 high, 36 dia

Antique French Majolica jardiniere, approx 18 cm high, 34 cm wide, 25 cm deep

A circular majolica tureen and cover, French, 19th century, 31 cm high, 35 cm across handles

Antique Palissy Majolica plaque with frog, lizard & snail decoration, 36 cm diameter (includes frame)

A striking Majolica jardiniere and stand. Late 19th century, with maker's mark for Clement Massier, Golfe Juan, France, the pumpkin shaped jardiniere with a waisted base of generous proportions and supported on a tripod cabriole goat leg stand to a sha

Antique Palissy Majolica jug & bowl, decorated with reptiles, as inspected, 27 cm high (including bowl) approx.

Antique Palissy Majolica ewer, with cover, decorated with reptiles & insects, as inspected, 39 cm high approx

A large Italian majolica albarello, Montelupo region, dated 1688, 49 cm high

A Majolica glazed pottery figure, 19th century, most likely Italian, 46 cm high

Two St Clement Majolica bird Pitchers, 1930s, France, a mallard duck and a cockatoo in rich green, Prussian blue and tan to yellow colours, both with vegetal handles, marks in relief underside with pattern numbers. Height 33 cm

Antique Brameld Majolica leaf plate, 19.5 cm diameter approx

Large French majolica multi tone jardiniere, 27 cm high, 33 cm diameter

Antique French Majolica asparagus service, including serving tray, plates 24 cm dia, tray 40 cm long

A pair of majolica kookaburra tiles, circa 1910, (later frames), tiles: 15 x 15 cm, Provenance: Collection of The Late Geoffrey Maxwell Worthington

Antique French majolica jardiniere and stand, approx 123 cm high

George Jones Majolica Squirrel Strawberry server modelled with a squirrel eating a nut, sitting on a tree trunk, unmarked. Diamond date mark for 29th, May, 1872. Condition, good, minor wear to the base, width, 25 cm

A pair of Hugo Lonitz Majolica ceramic figures, Germany, c. 1865, modeled of a Regal ship commander and his wife who is holding a shawl on one arm, a stringed purse in her other hand. Both with impressed mark (a/f ships to the man's hat and base) heigh

Vintage Swiss majolica bowl with frog & a larger shallow bowl, 26 cm diameter approx., by Thoune Pottery,

Six French majolica oyster plates 'Proceram', 24 cm diameter approx.

A Majolica Trivet. Late 19th to 20th century. In typical green, yellow and blue colours with a quatrefoil design enclosing vine leaves and fruits, with leafy spandrels upon a textured blue ground, a bamboo moulded frame and compressed feet; marked undersid

Antique majolica barbers bottle probably by Adams and Bromley, approx. 25 cm high

Antique green majolica 'Dairy' tile, trade sign, featuring a dairy cow and milkmaid, approx. 31 cm x 46 cm

Vintage Swiss majolica tea & coffee set by Thoune Pottery, comprising teapot & stand, creamer & sugar bowl & 8 various cups & saucers plus 1 spare cup

Four Italian Majolica bowls and a serving platter (36 cm diameter approx.), some minor glazing losses

A Sarraguemines majolica asparagus dish, French, circa 1950

A highly decorative armorial design majolica stick and umbrella stand Italian, 19th century 71 cm high, 25 cm diameter

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