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

Monday, August 2, 2010

Strawberry Servers Forever!

Who can resist a strawberry server?

This quintessential Victorian serving piece has provided us with some of the most beautiful and whimsical majolica serving pieces to ever grace a table. Victorians were wild about strawberries! They grew them in their conservatories and always had some on hand when guests came to call. Often with separate sugar and cream containers as well as special spoons for serving, just about every company, from Minton to the tiny Etruscan Works had them but the greatest of the strawberry server manufacturers has to be George Jones.

The elegance, whimsey and beauty of the Jones servers are very hard to match. In addition, they made so many different types they're tough to keep track of.

Take a look at these:














Not to be left out in the cold, other English companies like Minton,Wedgwood and Holdcroft made them as well.














Smaller potteries like the little Victoria Pottery, Sarreguemines and Luneville also contributed to the available choices as did many unknown potteries.












With all these choices, you'd think it would be enough but unfortunately, we've just scratched the surface. There were individual servers, massive centerpieces and modest little dessert dishes all with strawberry themes, all with the intention of enchanting those at the Victorian table.

I leave you today with one more, the American Etruscan Strawberry server, a copy of the Wedgwood piece shown above and very rarely marked.



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