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Friday, February 13, 2015

Majolica in the Movies: 101 Dalmatians


Although we had loved the animated version as a child, we never had the chance to watch Disney's live action version of 101 Dalmatians. As we were channel surfing the other day we came upon it on the Disney channel and decided to watch it.

Early in the film two bungling kidnappers are commissioned by meanie Cruella DeVil, played here by actress Glenn Close, to steal the puppies born to this household so she can make a coat from their pelts. While the owners are at work the only occupant in the home is the nanny, played by Joan Plowright. As she goes about her duties in the kitchen the camera falls upon the family kitchen table. Right in the center is a green majolica compote filled with fruit.


It's difficult to tell which majolica pattern this is but it is similar in type to the Wedgwood compote show below.


So many companies made similar compote so there's no way of knowing which one it is but it's definitely majolica. This all makes perfect sense since the story takes place in in Great Britain, the home of majolica.

It's the only view of the compote we get during the film but it's always a kick to pick out a piece of majolica from a well known movie.

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