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Antique Majolica Bamboo and Fern Plate

Antique Majolica Bamboo and Fern Plate

$95.00

In the Victorian era, the richly glazed and textured earthenware known as majolica flourished among the upper crust and middle class alike. With its whimsical and often pastoral designs alongside extravagant color palettes and fine detailing, majolica was the height of fashion in Victorian homes.

The love affair with majolica continues even today and with this handsome Majolica Bamboo and Fern Plate, it's easy to see why! Manufactured in England during the late 1800s, this striking plate features a dramatic bamboo rim overlayed with two lush fern fronds. With rich brown, deep cobalt and fresh green glazes, this unique plate combines the aesthetic of an English garden fern with the period fascination of the exotic with the bamboo.

Although there is no manufacturer's mark, the piece is bottom-stamped with the Victorian Design Registration Mark - a designation which was in use from 1842 to 1883, and certified that the compote's design was registered with the U.K.'s patent office. 

With its charming aesthetic, and bold textural design, this special plate is sure to be a prized addition to your home.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In excellent antique condition. D: 7.25".

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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