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Sunday, November 20, 2016

The Elusive Majolica of the Victoria Pottery Company

One of the least familiar names in English majolica is the Victoria Pottery Company. Rarely seen today because of its brief production output, it is among the finest quality majolica made during the heyday of the Victorian period.

Founded in 1882 under the name of Robinson, Leadbetter & Leason, the company produced wares for decoration and everyday use in majolica, white and decorated earthenware. Marked with an impressed triangular VPC mark between two swords, the execution of the decoration was uniformly excellent though occasional pieces showed a naïveté of design not seen in the larger potteries. Some pieces, however, were of great sophistication and could be easily mistaken for the work of George Jones or Wedgwood were they not marked otherwise.

The VPC impressed mark found on the reverse.
Victoria Pottery Plate
VPC majolica jardiniere
VPC majolica shell bowl
Victoria Pottery majolica basket
Victoria Pottery majolica oyster plate 
VPC majolica platter
VPC majolica strawberry server
VPC majolica cheese bell 
Victoria Pottery majolica sardine box
VPC majolica basket
Victoria Pottery majolica Boar terrine
VPC majolica Fowl game dish
PVC majolica Mallard game dish
VPC majolica oyster plate
VPC majolica teapot
VPC majolica cheese bell
VPC majolica cup and saucer

Robert Leason departed the firm in 1883 but the company continued in majolica production until 1889. The pottery remained in the production of decorated earthenware first as the Victoria Works and then as the Coronation Pottery under a succession of various owners until the 1960's.

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