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

Friday, February 27, 2015

National Trust Homes of Great Britain, revisited

It's been a couple of years since we last checked on the National Trust Homes of Great Britain Web site. We though it was about time to check back to see if there have been any updates.
Well, indeed there have been! So many new pieces of majolica in National Trust homes have been identified, we thought we'd share some of them with you.

From Tyntesfield, a Victorian Gothic Revival house in Bristol, North Summerset we find these gorgeous Minton jardinières.

From Speke Hall in Merseyside comes this lovely George Jones server and Holdcroft vase

From Greenway, Devon Souh West, the holiday home of author Agatha Cristie, this George Jones terrine

From Mount Stewart, County Down Northern Island, we see this asparagus plate and Minton charger.

From Tatton Park Cheshire, North West we have these Minton jardinières and ewer

From Standen House and Garden, West Sussex, this unusual checkerboard

From Calke Abbey, Derbyshire a pair of George Jones jardinières, a Minton garden seat, a Minton oyster server and a lion footed jardinière

From Snowshill Manor and garden this wonderful Mafra tea ware

To visit some of these wonderful estates and for more information on the National Trust Homes go to their Web site.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Majolica Jardinières and Cachpots

From Wikipedia: Jardinière is a French word, from the feminine form of "gardener"; A flower box, a receptacle (usually a ceramic pot or urn) or more rarely a stand upon which, or into which, plants may be placed. (The French themselves refer to tabletop versions of such receptacles as cachepots.) Jardinières tend to be highly decorative and are sometimes used as garden accent elements for large plants and for raised culinary and herb gardens.

The history of majolica jardinières and cachpots goes back to the origin of the pottery itself. There are probably more majolica designs for jardinières than any other majolica form. Majolica was ideal for use in solariums and greenhouses. Its use has continued many years after majolica has ceased to be popular for other uses. Even today you can go into Walmart or Home Depot and buy a flower pot in the contemporary equivalent of a majolica ceramic glaze.

Lets take a look at some Victorian examples:
From Minton...

From George Jones...

The Massier brothers...


Forester, Holdcroft, Dressler and Adams & Co....









Julius Dressler

Julius Dressler

Adams and Co.

Schiller, Copeland, Lonitz and Brown, Westhead Moore...





Brown Westhead Moore

Onnaing and Sarreguemines...

and Griffen Smith & Company.

There are so many more designs that we couldn't possibly post them all. Still, this gives an idea of the width and breadth of the patterns produced as jardinières.

This post has been updated since it was first published.