Victorian Majolica was produced from 1851 to around 1900, starting in Europe and then moving to America. Majolica is a lead or tin glazed earthenware which is first fired to the biscuit stage. Then it is decorated with brightly colored metallic glazes and fired again. This gives the piece the brilliance which is characteristic of majolica.
This lovely and colorful plate, circa 1880, has a central design is a branch of wild berries, blossoms and foliage in shades of brown, pink and green. The background is a basket-weave design in rich brown with the reverse a spatter design of variegated browns.
The plate measures 9" across and is unmarked as to maker. The condition is very good with no cracks, chips or repairs; one small 3/16" glaze flake on the edge and some minor age related scuffs which is common with old majolica pieces. Beautiful rich colors and great design