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

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Going Green

One of the simplest and most elegant ways of displaying majolica is by collecting all green majolica.

All green majolica has been a staple of households for 250 years. It is a classic English country look that is often paired with painted or natural country pine furniture by decorators.

Wedgwood has been the leader in the production of this green dinnerware from the start. Beginning from the time of the Wedgwood Whieldon partnership, green glazed earthenware has provided an elegant colorful background for the service of food. Once the manufacture of majolica began in earnest after 1851, potteries from Minton to the smallest independent pottery began the production of this ware. As a result, there is plenty of green majolica to pick from.

It has proven so popular it remains in production today.

Mixed in with regular majolica it adds a lovely counterpoint to the bright colors in the majolica pieces. As an accent in rooms with porcelain or other types of pottery it adds a beautiful bit of color.

It was meant for everyday use and was inexpensive when it was new. It remains reasonably priced today with most pieces selling under $100.

So the next time someone tells you that they love majolica but can't afford the prices, steer them towards green majolica. It's an inexpensive way of collecting majolica that still looks like a million bucks!

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