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

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sunflower Majolica

I have mentioned before in this blog the influence of the Aesthetic Movement on the majolica designs of American and English majolica.
The Lily and the Sunflower both were representative of the movement but the Sunflower in particular has always been the flower most people associate with it.
More than anyone else, Oscar Wilde is responsible for the popularity of the movement in both the US and in Great Britain as can be see by some of the decorative arts from the period.

The "flowering" of the Aesthetic Movement largely took place during the 1880's. a time of prodigious majolica manufacture. Because of this, the Sunflower has appeared all over many majolica designs. The relationship between the flower and Oscar Wilde was so strong in fact that "Oscar Wilde" was the name commonly used in the Etruscan Works when referring to pieces in their Sunflower line.



Combined with the country look so popular in decoration today, these pieces are more popular than ever and generally bring prices higher than other flower-related items.

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