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Victorian Majolica Naive Leaf Plate

Victorian Majolica Naive Leaf Plate


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.

This quaint and rustic dish captures the charming simplicity of the provincial life with its single central sycamore leaf and soft green and cream ombre around the scalloped rim. Although not as extravagant as many other majolica pieces from the same time period, we love the fresh innocence captured in this dish. 

Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In good antique condition. Circa 1900. Measures 7" in diameter.

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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