A stunning example of individuality in French Majolica, this beautiful pitcher dates from 1870-1890.
Majolica became extremely popular in the nineteenth century across Europe. French Majolica (Barbotine in the French language) is especially individual and colorful in design.
This fine pitcher features six graceful ladies, three of which carry a platter of food and three who hold a cascading laurel wreath. The color used for them is a brilliant light cobalt blue, which "comes alive" brilliantly from the butter yellow background. They are placed in separate panels, with dividing columns in brown. A fluted panel is placed above and below the figural panel. The pitcher top features two cascades of flowers and leaves.
The handle is a stylized dragon (who is brown with a yellow underbelly) who holds on to the top of the pitcher with his mouth. The handle would have been crafted separately and applied to the pitcher before baking.
The colors of the pitcher are very charming with a warm butter yellow, accented by brilliant blue and soft brown. It is in very good condition, with no cracks. There is one tiny spot on the lip (top edge) where the glaze is worn through slightly to the clay pottery (not effecting the soundness or the design). It measures: 8 1/4" high, 4 1/2" wide (around center), 3" wide around bottom, the handle 5" long. The ladies measure: 3" tall.
It would make a lovely addition to any collection of Barbotine or nineteenth century majolica pitchers.
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