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.
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
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
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
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
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