Majolica Two Monkeys in a Boat Fishing
We have owned this piece for a number of years. I have only seen it one other time. The dealer who was selling it was quite certain it was English majolica. I’m not certain of anything except the glaze is tin and it is Majolica. Where it was made or by whom is a mystery. There are fish swimming by the boat on the outside walls of the piece. They have caught one large fish which rests on the inside floor. A small baby monkey is resting on the floor of the boat as well, leaning up against an up turned basket. The front bow has a figural face molded into the clay, the face has an open circular mouth upturned nose and 2 eyes. Even with the damage described below, I feel confident that this is a rare, hard to find little treasure.
DIMENSIONS: 6” long x 3” tall
CONDITION: it has suffered a major break in the past. My husband, who restored museum porcelain for a living, has glued it back together. He did a wonderful job, but as they say, it is what it is.