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Victorian Majolica Water Lilies Jug

Victorian Majolica Water Lilies Jug

$295.00

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 Victorian Majolica Water Lilies Jug it is certainly easy to see why! A stunning piece with magnificent details, this rare jug has all the hallmarks that have made majolica so collectible and beloved. We are absolutely smitten with the soft color palette of blue, cream, yellow and green adorning this classic Victorian pitcher and the lavender interior glaze is simply gorgeous. Adorned with lily pads and water lilies in full bloom, this beautifully detailed pitcher is certain to take pride of place in any majolica collection. 


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Circa 1880. In good antique condition with the signs of wear commensurate with its age, including a hairline crack on the bottom of the pitcher which makes it no longer water-tight. The crack is shown in the alternate images. 7" tall x 8" wide at its widest point. 

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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