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

Friday, February 17, 2012

Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!


Animals have long been among the most popular subjects in majolica. When you get to wild animals the popularity --and price-- increase several fold. With the "Wizard of Oz" a staple of our culture, I thought it might be fun to illustrate the majolica denizens from this popular refrain.

So let's get started with lions.










Next is tigers!






Finally, let's look at bears.











Lions and tigers, as you can see, are rather rare in majolica, so prices for any of these pieces will be very high. Bears are somewhat more common but with so many collectors interested in bears as a cross collectable, the prices for them can be high as well.

So follow the yellow brick road down to you local antique shop and see what wild beasts you can hunt down!

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