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

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Majolica Spolight: Rose and Rope


One of the most commonly available patterns to the majolica collector is one by an unknown English manufacturer known as Rose and Rope. Though we don't know who created the pattern, it certainly must have been a successful one considering the large number pieces that have survived today.






The pattern has a budding wild rose against a basketweave ground in a variety of colors. A rope wrapped around the pattern pieces divides the ground into quarters.
All of the flat pieces have a cobalt center, but the basketweave surrounding it can be yellow, cobalt, gray, turquoise or brown.









The pattern is quite reasonably priced in general with plates selling under $100 and serving pieces like teapots and compotes selling for around $300. Pieces with a cobalt basketweave ground sell for about 50% more than that of the other colors.

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