Pictured is a unique Victorian Majolica pitcher decorated in browns and blues on a white ground. The interior is decorated in a shade of pink. Adorning the piece are two birds that look like Heron or Egret with the long legs. This pitcher measures 6 ½ inches tall by 4 ¾ inches at the widest part. It's in wonderful condition with no visible damage – no chips, cracks or repairs. It does have some worn areas on the rim that can be seen in the photo but these do not detract. The piece is marked with an embossed E (or is it an M?) and a 54. The letter is not clear in the picture but it is located below and to the right of the 54. This is a lovely old piece and a fine example of Victorian Majolica. Such a treasure!
Notes on Majolica: When Minton & Company of Staffordshire exhibited a new line of ceramics at The Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, the firm called it Palissy ware which later came to be known as Majolica. Majolica became popular in the U.S. in 1876 when it was exhibited at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia. It is characterized by raised and colorful surfaces and has been made over the years by a number of companies. It was out of favor by 1901.