A stunning pair of majolica jardinieres in the manner of Minton.These fabulous porcelain pieces are hand-painted and feature cherubs and classical motifs.23 cm high36 cm wide23 cm highMajolica is a type of soft earthenware ceramic formed with plaster of paris moulds. The first base coat of glaze is lead-based and then brightly coloured metal oxide glazes are applied on top. The ceramics then receive another firing. During the second firing, the glazes interact creating the rich colours majolica pieces carry so well. These colours and the unusual and varied objects they decorate, attract collectors to this distinctive type of pottery. Many majolica artists looked to nature for inspiration. Ocean themes, fruits and exotically coloured plant motifs all find a home within the decoration of these earthenware.Pieces with these marks, especially the English versions, can be quite expensive. Majolica is the anglicised version of the Italian maiolica and refers only to tin-glazed and some lead-glazed ware of the 19th century.
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