Vintage Italian Granulation Glaze Pottery Dish with Thistle Decoration.
This dish has a splashy hand painted floral design with rich jewel tone green, pink and golden yellow colors, accented with brown and black. The white glaze has a `granulated' texture and the bold `braided' handles are gilt. The curled up sides have a gold rim as well as two gold `buttons' at opposite sides. It is a red clay body.
It is marked "Italy; B.258.F"and it is ca. early 20th century. It is about 2 ½" tall at the handles and measures approximately 9" by 10" on top.
Condition: no chips, nicks, cracks, crazing or heavy scratches.
This is an outstanding example of a simple but elegant design! Thistles have long been a popular theme in Italian pottery, and this rendition is beautiful. It would be a pretty fruit dish or display piece.