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Victorian Majolica Blue Barrel Floral Pitcher with Lid

Victorian Majolica Blue Barrel Floral Pitcher with Lid

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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 Victorian Majolica Blue Barrel Floral Pitcher it's easy to see why! We can't get enough of the blue and cream color palette against the charmingly rotund barrel shape of the pitcher, finely lined in classic majolica style. Adorned with clusters of cherry blossoms so richly detailed we can almost smell their fragrance on the breeze, this petite pitcher is too delightful to pass up! 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In good antique condition. Circa 1880s. Measures 4 1/2" from handle to spout by 6" from base to finial.

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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