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Majolica Bowl, Cobalt Blue, Rudolf Ditmar, Antique 19th C Austrian
This attractive lozenge-shaped bowl is about 12-1/2" long, about 7-1/2" wide, with a height of 3". The ground is cobalt blue and the hand painted flowers and leaves are pale yellow and beige with gilded highlights.
The bowl was made by Rudolf Ditmar in Znaim, Moravia, Austria, which was ceded to Czechoslovakia in 1918 and was renamed Znojmo. Ditmar started the pottery in 1879 in Znaim, so his mark, RDZ, stands for Rudolf Ditmar Znaim.
The bowl is marked twice: A double circle with R.D.Z., a wing, and another device in the outer circle. The inner circle has an 8 petaled flower or star. All this is printed in cobalt. There is also an impressed mark that is difficult to see , but which also bears the initials R.D.Z. with what looks like an 8 petaled flower in the center.
It is in excellent condition. The edge of the bowl was once gilded, but is now mostly worn away. There is a line of gilding on the outer foot. The underside of the foot rim shows some "in the making" firing cracks. No other flaws.
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