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Antique Wedgwood Majolica Sunflower Plate

Antique Wedgwood Majolica Sunflower Plate

$125.00

Prized for its whimsical designs and rich colors and textures, the glazed earthenware pottery known as majolica captured the imaginations of Europe and the Americas alike throughout the Victorian era. Wedgwood was one of the most prolific and popular manufacturers of majolica at the end of the 19th century, celebrated for its high quality glazes and sharply detailed modeling. The love affair with majolica continues even today, and Wedgwood pieces remain some of the most coveted on the market.

The sunflower, alongside the calla lily and peacock feather, became an emblem of the late nineteenth-century Aesthetic Movement, which rejected mass production and the rigid decorating norms of the industrial age. The influencers of their time, Aesthetes eschewed Victorian traditions, seeking instead to transform the home into a gracious artistic palette filled with beautifully designed everyday objects reflecting artisanal workmanship, organic shapes and natural color harmony. 

The Wedgwood company capitalized on this emerging trend, combining an au courant botanical hue of green with an exquisitely textured sunflower in what has become one of their most iconic majolica designs.  First appearing around 1860, the pattern remained in production through the turn of the century.  This plate with its clearly impressed "F" marking on the reverse, indicates a production year of 1877.

Coming to us from a private collector, this Antique Wedgwood Majolica Sunflower Plate is an exquisite example of Wedgwood majolica at its height. From the finely petaled sunflower to the vividly textured green glaze, this exuberantly optimistic floral plate beautifully exemplifies the spirit and style of the era. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition with overall crazing and discreet signs of age as shown in the alternative images. 8.75" in diameter.

Learn More About Majolica

First appearing in 1851 at the Great Exhibition in London, Majolica refers to the richly colored and imaginative pottery that boomed during the Victorian era. By the time it was exhibited at the 1855 Paris World's Fair, it had taken Europe and the Americas by storm, even gaining the approval of Queen Victoria herself!

While Majolica took on many whimsical and outlandish forms during its time in vogue, most designs were based on plant and animal motifs whose bright colors and textures brought a certain lighthearted charm to the rich but often dark and heavy Victorian decor. The nature-inspired designs were particularly popular among the urban-dwelling middle class, as Majolica was an affordable way to create an impressive decor and bring pastoral beauty into the home.

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