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Beautiful and Old Majolica 1880's ETRUSCAN Cauliflower Open Sugar Bowl ~ Griffin, Smith, Hill
This Is NOT the typical Etruscan cauliflower piece seen in other shops. You have the chance to own this wonderful example made by potter Griffin, Smith, Hill. This American potter decided to compete with the English potters and this often led them to mimic the best designs from across the sea, like the well-established Wedgwood cauliflower line. This well received cauliflower line was published in the 1884 Griffin, Smith & Co's 1884 catalog. This piece has a wonderful green variegated leaves with just a hint of pink hue on the ends on the body of the bowl. The leaf motif is carried over on the handle and spout. Raised relief brings out in great detail the veins of the leaves which are in a deeper green color. The upper part of the bowl depicts the head of the cauliflower in a soft cream color that deepens to a deeper yellow in areas. Each bunch of clusters making up the head of the cauliflower has deep detail and a wonderful soft yellow glaze applied. The inner rim and the inside of the sugar bowl is a wonderful pink color. This piece is illustrated in the book "Majolica American & European Wares" by Jeffrey B. Snyder & Leslie Bockol. We do not have the lid for this item. The inside of the rim has a few rim chips and there are a few flakes on the handles, please see pictures for condition. IT IS RARE TO FIND MAJOLICA IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IF PRESENT IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
Backstamp: GSH on top of each other no circle E14 impressed ca. 1880's.
Measures: 6 1/2" W handle to handle x 4" H
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