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Antique Majolica Clam Shell Compote

Antique Majolica Clam Shell Compote

$175.00

First appearing in 1851 at the Great Exhibition in London, Majolica ware is richly colored pottery with designs based on plant and animal motifs. By the time it was exhibited at the 1855 Paris World's Fair, it had taken the bourgeoisie of Europe and the Americas by storm. Many late 19th-century majolica designs had rustic motifs with backgrounds of basketry and were decorated with molded flowers, birds, fish and animals - nature inspired for sure.

Case in point, this lovely Antique Majolica Clam Shell Compote. Found at market and coming to us from early 1900s Germany, the compote was produced by the venerable Villeroy & Boch. With a rich ochre glaze highlighted by russet red hues, the clam shell sits confidently on its sturdy shell-inspired pedestal. Delicate green-leaf clovers dance along the top of the compote adding a whimsical touch. With a gorgeous aesthetic and lush details, this antique hand-painted compote will delight for generations to come. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In very good antique condition with a small, discreet chip on the underside of the rim as shown in the alternate images. 9.25" in diameter and 3.25" tall.

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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