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Antique Majolica Cherub Gondolier Centerpiece

Antique Majolica Cherub Gondolier Centerpiece

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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 magnificent Antique Cherub Gondolier Centerpiece, it is easy to understand why. With breathtaking details throughout and gorgeous, elegant glazing, this piece is truly museum-worthy. The classic winged putto is at the stern holding the gondola's rowing oar. The ferro, or front of the gondola, is in the form of a majestic, highly detailed swan. The entire boat is riding the roiling waters and below the waves are mythic sea creatures.

Most likely Italian in origin, this one-of-a-kind treasure is sure to take pride of place in any collection.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In excellent antique condition. H: 9" x W: 10.5" x D: 10.25".

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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