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

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas Majolica

Christmas was a lavish setting for Victorians but there are surprisingly not that many pieces of majolica specifically designed for Christmas use.

The most famous to my mind would be the George Jones Punch bowl. With its holly and berries surrounding the bowl, it is held up by the most famous children's puppet of all, Punch!

Minton made a chargers for Christmas use, both festive enough for the most grand Christmas pudding!

George Jones made a wonderful pitcher with old St. Nick at the spout and Minton made a lively Christmas pitcher festooned with holly.

Minton as well as other British potteries made covered servers with holly decoration that would be appropriate for the Christmas table.

Holdcroft game terrine
Minton majolica game terrine
George Jones also made several other dishes with holly decoration that would also be appropriate for a Christmas gathering.

Of course other potteries made holly decorated items as well.

Royal Worcester majolica charger
It's somewhat surprising that one of the most desirable pieces with a Christmas theme was made by an American company, Eureka. Their famous "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year" plate is as famous as it is elusive. Heavily reproduced, finding an original to buy is a once or twice in a lifetime opportunity. Maybe you'll find one under your Christmas tree this year!

Eureka majolica holiday plateau
Eureka majolica holiday plate

From us here at Glazed and Confused we wish you all the happiest holiday ever!

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