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Monday, April 18, 2011

Think Pink!

When I hear the phrase "Think Pink", the very first thing that comes to mind is the opening number in the movie "Funny Face" where Kaye Thompson proclaims:

Red is dead, blue is through, green's obscene, and brown's taboo!"

It's the first line to a raucous musical number where Thompson, playing a Diana Vreeland type character decides the fashion for the coming season, and the color for that fashion is pink!

She could just as well have been speaking about Victorian majolica. Pink is so strongly associated with majolica that the color "majolica pink" has come to describe that vibrant lavender-pink hybrid that we all know so well.

Pink was used as a lining color by most of the English and American majolica manufacturers and as result is probably the most common of all majolica colors. Pink as a ground color wasn't quite as common though George Jones, Holdcroft, Minton, Wedgwood and the Etruscan Works all used it. Sometimes it was closer to dusty rose, sometimes a vibrant magenta and other times closer to lavender -- regardless it was all gorgeous!
What better way to start a new Spring week then to kick back and immerse ourselves in that loveliest of all majolica colors, pink!

Pink majolica is one of the most sought after colors available so expect to pay a premium for it... but isn't it worth it?

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