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Antique Majolica Lily Pad with White Flower Plate

Antique Majolica Lily Pad with White Flower 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. 

Produced in the late 19th century by the English potter, Joseph Holdcroft, this gorgeous example of Victorian majolica has all the beloved hallmarks: boldly colorful glazes and intricate, naturalistic design. The emerald green pond lily was a signature design of Joseph Holdcroft and this striking plate truly captures the beauty of his work. Boldly beautiful, this plate is sure to bring the tranquility of a summertime pond in full bloom wherever it is displayed. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In excellent vintage condition. D: 9.25".

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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