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Mid-1900s polychrome tin glazed Majolica small dish (20th C. Mexican or Spanish Maiolica)Mid-1900s polychrome tin glazed Majolica small dish (20th C. Mexican or Spanish Maiolica)Mid-1900s polychrome tin glazed Majolica small dish (20th C. Mexican or Spanish Maiolica)Mid-1900s polychrome tin glazed Majolica small dish (20th C. Mexican or Spanish Maiolica)Mid-1900s polychrome tin glazed Majolica small dish (20th C. Mexican or Spanish Maiolica)Mid-1900s polychrome tin glazed Majolica small dish (20th C. Mexican or Spanish Maiolica)Mid-1900s polychrome tin glazed Majolica small dish (20th C. Mexican or Spanish Maiolica)Mid-1900s polychrome tin glazed Majolica small dish (20th C. Mexican or Spanish Maiolica)

Mid 1900s or older polychrome tin glazed small majolica dish. This dish is hand painted in a pin wheel pattern with high temperature green, orange and yellow colors (grand feu colors; see all photos). It is either Mexican or Spanish maiolica (an alternate spelling of majolica). The term maiolica is often used to distinguish traditional tin glazed wares from much later wares with colorful glazes produced by Minton, George Jones & Co., Wedgwood and many other potteries after 1850. These later decorative majolica wares lack the genuine tin glaze and were often produced in molds with patterns in relief by potteries in England and the US. As a result, these later majolicas do not come from the same tradition as the older opaque tin glaze maiolica.

Traditionally, maiolica was an earthenware pottery covered with an opaque lead glaze containing tin oxide that was produced by potters first in Italy and then later by potters in Portugal and Spain as far back as the 1500s. The clay body of this small dish consists of a coarse red earthenware more typical of tin glaze wares dating from the 1700s and 1800s than from the 1900s. There are coarser grains of sand and some tiny black specks as inclusions (evident in the small chip along the rim). The footring is very well formed and the thick opaque tin glaze is a creamy off-white rather than pure white. The back or underside of this small dish has three small red clay scars where a three-legged trivet was used to prop the dish during original firing in the kiln (see photo with three pencils pointing out each trivet leg scar). Trivets were typically dropped from use in the 20th century and replaced by commercial firing methods.

The decorator first added four brush strokes in copper green, then four in orange red, and finally four in mustard yellow. Whether this small saucer dish was made as part of toy cup and saucer set or was designed to be a small pin dish is unknown. There are no makers marks or pottery names on the underside and so I do not know exactly where it may have produced in Spain or Mexico. In summary, this a wonderful small tin glazed dish that has attributes more aligned with maiolica from the 1810 to 1850 period than post 1900 (e.g., trivet scars, thick creamy tin glaze, coarse red earthenware paste/clay, etc.). The orange and green colors remind one of the orange geometric Mexican maiolica wares produced in the 1790 to 1840 period. So if you are looking for a nice tin glazed small maiolica dish that has attributes that appear to be much older than 1950, then make sure you seriously consider this little dish while it is still available. And as always, this small decorative dish also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).

SIZE: This measures about 3 3/8 inches across (diameter), stands 1 inch tall at the rim, and sits on a well formed footring that has a diameter of 1 5/8 inches across. As such, it is either a toy saucer dish or a small pin dish. It is simply decorated in festive colors and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.

CONDITION: This small dish is in very good condition with just one small chip that starts along the rim and fans out to be about 3/8 inches wide at the maximum before ending (see last three Photos that shows the small chip). Beyond this, the dish has no other chips and no hairlines, stains, repairs or restorations. The glaze is thick and lustrous and the colors bright and cheerful. Of course, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this small dish for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).

SHIPPING: All US mainland buyers pay $5.60 for well packed and insured USPS Priority Mail (this is an estimated savings of about $1 to $2 since insurance and tracking are also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). No handling or packing fees are ever charged. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. We only use the USPS for International shipping to reduce broker fees and some Custom’s charges when an item is over 100 years old. Also, we always encourage the International buyer to select an International shipping option that also provides insurance against loss or damage, and ask the International customer to send us their address for an email quote covering all insured International shipping options to your location. To date, we have shipped fragile items to 28 countries around the globe and have not had any items lost or broken, however this fact does not guarantee that no postal mishandling will ever occur in the future. Also, please note that International import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs and these additional charges are the Buyer's responsibility. We do offer a petition for VAT relief on the behalf of the buyer which may help reduce certain import taxes should your country allow such petitions for items over 100 years old. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.

RETURN POLICY: Satisfaction and peace of mind are guaranteed for all Docs Antiques Ruby Lane listings -- please refer directly to our Service Pledge and our Return Policy for full details. And this means that if the buyer is unhappy with the purchase, then she/he may return it by sending the item back undamaged and post marked within fourteen days of original receipt for a refund (certain shipping costs are non-refundable). Items damaged by shipping in the US are covered by insurance and while this rarely happens because we double pack, we will gladly help you file your insurance claim should it ever be necessary (we have had only one claim for damage in over seven years). Of course, never send an item back that has been damaged by shipping since that will void the original insurance. Instead, contact us for help and we will gladly assist.

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Mid-1900s polychrome tin glazed Majolica small dish (20th C. Mexican or Spanish Maiolica)


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