This is gorgeous! It’s an art nouveau majolica jardinière adorned with seashells, and swirling grasses which form scrolls and cartouches. The colors are burgundy, pink, deep green, light green, and brown, and the effect is stunning. There are six of the large pale pink to burgundy shells and between them, at the top rim, are six green star-shaped flowers which bring together the two organic themes of deep sea and garden. The interior of the pot is glazed in turquoise with swirls of white. Measures 10 ½” across top x 7 ½” tall x 5 1/3” across the base.
The glazed underside is marked with incised numbers: 4103, 3, and 16. This makes us believe it to be Continental, likely German or Austrian. The table ring is unglazed. There is a small glaze flake, just under ¼”, on one of the green flowers which has been touched up with green color. There is also a glaze-deep hairline on the interior rim measuring 1” long; it does not go through to the exterior of the bowl. There is no other damage. There is some very fine crazing under the glaze on the seashells. (We had initially thought there was no crazing, but discovered some when viewing the enlarged photos). The condition overall is excellent, especially considering the age and size of the piece. This is one of the finer pieces of unsigned majolica we’ve handled!
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