A look at the design, market and legacy of Victorian pottery

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Creamed Corn

Of all the vegetables represented on majolica, corn is by far the most common. Potteries on both sides of the Atlantic made corn themed wares. From Wedgwood and George Jones to the Etruscan Works and Tenuous of New York, corn wares were potted and are eagerly collected by majolica enthusiasts today. It is my understanding that all these corn wares were created for the American market. That would certainly make sense since the American Victorians were the largest consumers of majolica wares and of the corn itself.

The most elegant of these to my eye are those usually attributed to the English potter Adams & Bromley.
These beautifully designed pieces evoke the Art Nouveau designs of the period to transform the homely corn cob to an extraordinary symphony of sinuous husks and cobs on a basketweave ground.

Always popular with collectors, corn pitchers and syrups from both the U.S. and England come in every shape and size.

Corn vases are also popular.

Canisters, teapots and cornbread trays are all popular from both sides of the Atlantic.


The American Etruscan corn pieces are particularly interesting.
The GSH Corn Pitcher is a smaller but otherwise exact copy of a Brown Westhead Moore design.

The Etruscan Corn Teapot is a rare original design that appears to have also been modeled from the BWM pitcher.

On the other hand, the tiny GSH Corn Vase appears to have been modeled from life with a mold cast from a real cob of corn. It bears no resemblance to the company's other corn pieces. It is easily the most realistic of the majolica corn wares I have seen.

I have also seen majolica corn plates, sugar bowls, trays, salt and pepper shakers, mustard pots and ink wells. 
With so much variety available it is easy to understand the ware's enduring popularity.

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