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Hard to Find Majolica Double Handled Spooner with Shell and Seaweed Pattern "Albino" ~ Late 1800’s Etruscan
This unmarked cup is decorated with the shell and seaweed pattern, which is attributed to Griffen, Smith & Hill’s (Etruscan) one of their most collected patterns called "Albino". Only about one in ten albino pieces bears the Etruscan Majolica mark. The main portion of this piece is done in the sea shell motif in a creamy white color. Between the overlapping shells light orange coral or seaweeds are extending upward from the base. The rim is in the shape of shells overlapping giving it a slightly scalloped effect. The unusual part is the handles, which are to little shells like forms attached to the sides. This piece has 1” hairline crack down the side otherwise it is in wonderful condition. IT IS RARE TO FIND VINTAGE AND ANTIQUE 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.
A similar spooner is pictured in the book titled "The Collector's Encyclopedia of Majolica" by Mariann Katz-Marks.
Backstamp: NO Mark
Measures: 3 ½” H x 3” W without handles, 5” W with handles
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Eileen and Russell Weiss, Grain Valley, MO
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