Here is a beautiful antique majolica pitcher made by Samuel Lear. The maker can be identified by the design and advertisements that the company used in trade magazines of the period. Only one piece actually marked by Lear has been found though the company made some of the most innovative pieces of the period. The pitcher features a garland around the center with pink sunflowers. The top has a geometric design in yellow while the bottom uses a cross hatched pattern in the same yellow. There is a registration mark on the bottom but the various components are very difficult to read. The pitcher is 8.25 inches tall. The diameter of the bottom is 4 inches and the pitcher opens out to a diameter of about 6 inches. The longest distance across the top opening is 5 inches. Samuel Lear was only in business from 1877 until 1886 so this piece was made in that period. The pitcher is in wonderful condition. There are no chips, cracks, hairlines, or restorations, indeed no issues of any kind.