This stunning majolica compote by Wedgwood is from the Argenta collection produced starting 1n 1878. On the interior of the pedestal is an English registration mark which tells us that the piece was made between 1878 and 1883 (after this year registration numbers were used). On the inside wall of the base is impressed "Wedgwood" along with an impressed three letter code of which the third letter identifies the exact year. This letter appears to be an H which makes 1879 the year it was made.
The inspired design has all the best elements of the Aesthetic Period (1870-1892) - naturalistic elements (birds on prunus branches) and stylized fans (with a nod to the Japanesque), to mention a couple. There is a wonderful color palette. The three fans have copper luster sticks on deep chocolate. The handles are a pale yellow, a tone which is picked up in the edging of the fans and the flower centers. Lustrous shades of gray, slate, brown, pink, raspberry, and pale blue against a pale cream ground completes the color palette. A butterfly and an insect provide nice little touches. There is a very tight hairline about 1:00 in the second picture and a stray paint dot about 3:00, a small old chip on the bottom rim of the base, and a small raised firing flaw on the back. The diameter of the top is 9 inches and the base diameter is 4.5 inches. The height is 3 inches. This piece looks handsome on a low table or a chest where the top design can be admired.
Antique Wedgwood Argenta Majolica Compote, Bird and Fan