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

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

How much do you know about majolica.? Here's a trivia quiz .

Always wonder how your majolica knowledge stacks up?
Here's a little trivia quiz to give you an idea. All of the topics mentioned here have been discussed in previous posts to this blog. Let's see how much you remember.

The correct answers are posted at the end. No cheating!
Let's begin!

1. What company potted the pitcher shown below?

A. Griffen, Smith & Co
B. Adams and Bromley
C. James Ellis & Son
D. Brown Westhead Moore
E. None of the above

2. George Jones sold majolica for what pottery before he founded his own pottery.

A. Wedgwood
B. Minton
C. Fielding
D. Wardle
E. None of the above

3. What is the official company name for the pattern piece shown below?

A. Shell and coral
B. Shell and seaweed
C. Shell
D. Ocean
E. None of the above

4. Who authored the earliest book on majolica printed in the United States?

A. Victoria Bergensen
B. Charles Rebert
C. Maryanne Katz Marks
D. Joan Stack & Marilyn Karmason
E. None of the above

5. Minton introduced Victorian majolica to the public in what year?

A. 1850
B. 1851
C. 1861
D. 1862

6. Which member of the Massier family created the piece shown below?

A. Clement
B. Dauphine
C. Jerome
D. Marrone
E. Claude

7. The pitcher pattern shown below repeatedly appears in the paintings of what artist?

A. Louis Charles Moeller
B. William-Adolphe Bouguereau
C. Vincent Van Gogh
D. Wedell T. Weber
E. None of the above

8. This cheese bell was designed and potted by what company?

A. Fielding
B. Wardle
C. Forester
D. Victoria Pottery
E. None of the above

9. After the 1862 International Exposition closed, what happened to the Minton St. George majolica fountain created for the exhibition?

A. It was disassembled and sold in parts.
B. It was demolished
C. It was donated to a museum.
D. It disappeared. Its whereabouts are unknown.
E. It is still there.

10. Name this Wedgwood pattern:

A. Grosvenor
B. Lincoln
C. Cleveland
D. St. Louis
E. Oriental

Here are the answers: 1.C, 2. both A and B, 3.D, 4.B, 5.B, 6.B, 7.C, 8.C, 9.C, 10.B

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