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All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pre 1910 item #634895
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This exquisite set of handpainted side plates with gold gilt rims originated in England circa 1900. The green-on-white design is enchanting, featuring layers of delicate fern fronds. Pale ferns recede into mysterious distance behind their brighter companions in the foreground.

Ferns were an extremely popular Victorian motif, as you know, most often executed in all-green majolica. If you happen to have a majolica serving piece, these plates would be perfect to use with it. They measure 7 3/4 inches round and 3/4 inch deep.

Each plate bears the hallmark of Alfred B. Pearce & Co., which even gives the company's address: 31 Ludgate Hill, London, EC1. Additional markings are the initial M in green (presumably the artist's initial), the number 5664 in red and, incised into the plates, a large D followed by a smaller 3. Their condition is lovely, showing only minor loss of gilding and a little stacking wear to the bases. There are the slight variations in color that you'd expect from handpainting.

Finding an 8-plate set complete after this long is, of course, rather rare. Adding to its collectibility, the maker's early work isn't plentiful. According to the Museum of London, which has a Pearce cup in its collection, the company operated from 1901 through the 1930s. These plates certainly date from before World War I -- most likely before 1910, as they're so classically Late Victorian/Edwardian in design.

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All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Ceramics : English : Pre 1900 item #406025
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The most feminine and drop-dead beautiful piece of Majolica I've ever owned, this antique plate features blue, white and dusky rose fans, cherry blossoms, butterflies and a dragonfly against a happy yellow basketweave pattern edged with bamboo. It's been a star of my personal collection for at least 15 years and, now that I'm simplifying, the time has come for someone else to love it as I have. Acquired while I was living in England, it's presumably European and certainly from the 19th century. The Renaissance art of Majolica-making was revived in the early 1850s and Oriental motifs appeared about a decade later. Thus, probable dating of this plate is circa 1865-1890. Relatively few pieces have maker marks, so their lack has minimal impact on value. I'm far from a china specialist, but a lady who's selling her cakestand of the same pattern elsewhere online (for $375 plus shipping) saw an S under the glaze and speculated that the maker may have been Shorter. However, this looks nothing like the more rigid and restrained fan design normally associated with his firm (a pity since those plates are now selling as high as $975).

One other plate like this is currently offered online without attribution for $275 plus shipping. Ours is priced lower in deference to a few small problems: a chip out of the rim on the base, a couple of tiny ones under the edge, a little loss of surface finish and an area of old restoration near the edge. The flaws are hard to spot, with so much going on, but naturally they have to be disclosed. (Actually I never noticed the restored bit before going over the piece with a magnifying glass today.) There's also the fine overall age-crazing we expect, most visible on the fans. Condition issues, if not severe, are of less interest to most Majolica collectors than the charm of the design and fresh glaze colors.

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All Items : Archives : Decorative Art : Ceramics : Pre AD 1000 item #99003
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A well-detailed fish remains intact in this fragment from a Roman red slip redware vessel. Redware from North Africa was in common use around the Mediterranean in Roman times and to a lesser extent in Rome's European provinces between the 2nd and 4th centuries, which makes this marvelous artifact at least 1,600 years old. It measures about 4" x 2 1/4" and is, I believe, from Roman Tunisia. The former owner acquired it from an English antiquities dealer.

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