Majolica, coloured glazes – Paris France to Stoke-on-Trent England

Minton Peacock, Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

What reached Stoke-on-Trent from Paris? Could a 16th century Frenchman’s success with colored glazes be repeated in 19th century England? Herbert Minton thought so. Leon Arnoux is appointed Art Director in 1848 with the right know-how and at just the right time to make it happen. Yes, Bernard Palissy developed in France the chemistry and… Continue reading Majolica, coloured glazes – Paris France to Stoke-on-Trent England

Minton tin-glazed majolica

From Mantegna 'Triumph of Caesar' series, design source of Minton tin-glaze elliptic dish.

MADELENA investigates the Renaissance art sources of Minton and Co. Ltd tin-glazed majolica, many of them based on actual Renaissance tin-glazed Italian maiolica examples.

Majolica – Makers’ Marks – Minton, Wedgwood, George Jones and Holdcroft

George Jones Majolica 'full nest' game pie dish

Majolica-makers’ marks not present… How do you know it is George Jones? Majolica-makers’ marks are sure way to identify a manufacturer. Some marks will also date an item. Marks may be impressed, embossed or printed. Or written in script over the glaze, or ‘in reserve’. Marked majolica is generally indicative of quality. Unmarked majolica makes up the bulk of… Continue reading Majolica – Makers’ Marks – Minton, Wedgwood, George Jones and Holdcroft

Majolica – One word for two different products. How might that happen?

Spot the difference?

1.  Earthenware decorated with coloured glazes 2. Tin-glazed earthenware painted with enamels Designs for the two distinct types of Minton majolica product both called ‘majolica’ sit side by side in the Majolica Box, The Minton Archive. How did that happen? Why not simply Earthenware decorated with coloured glazes = Majolica; Tin-glazed earthenware painted with enamels =… Continue reading Majolica – One word for two different products. How might that happen?

Lead Glaze Perfection – lead-glazed Victorian Majolica

Minton Ewer Detail, painting by Emile Jeannest

Madelena Antiques  Buy, sell and discover lead glaze majolica, Staffordshire figures, Moorcroft, Wedgwood lustre and other specialities including antique samplers and embroideries Majolica International Society  Relish the outstanding Karmason Library of Victorian Majolica objects, membership, conventions, book lists, newsletters and much more You will love this… First, technical information on lead glaze Second, a brief history of how lead glazes developed Third, a comparison of the two most… Continue reading Lead Glaze Perfection – lead-glazed Victorian Majolica

Majolica? Maiolica? Victorian Majolica Maiolica – Quiz Questions, Answers, Evidence

Lead glaze earthenware, Chinese Sancai horse, colored lead glazes 'block-painted" directly on to buff biscuit. Circa AD 300.

Which is it? What is it? Majolica? Maiolica? Victorian Majolica? MAIOLICA MAJOLICA “These two words have been used interchangeably and still are.” Online Search Engines Present day dictionary compilers and online search engines’ primary definitions treat ‘maiolica’ and ‘majolica’ as interchangeable. Fans of tin glazed maiolica (with an ‘i’) and fans of lead glazed majolica (with a ‘j’)  both feel this… Continue reading Majolica? Maiolica? Victorian Majolica Maiolica – Quiz Questions, Answers, Evidence

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Majolica Definition – MORE on Victorian majolica pottery

G. Jones victorian majolica cheese keep and base, circa 1875

Majolica? Maiolica? What is it? We ended our last blog feeling our way towards definitions: Majolica + Earthenware with a range of colored lead glazes applied directly to the biscuit simultaneously, then fired + Developed in 1849 named ‘Palissy ware’, later becoming known as ‘majolica’ (same name as Minton’s rare tin-glazed product SEE BELOW) + Frequently molded in relief and naturalistic in style By… Continue reading Majolica Definition – MORE on Victorian majolica pottery

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Majolica Pottery – Introduction UPDATED

Majolica cat jug by Minton, circa 1875.

Majolica Definitions… This is the first of a series of Majolica blogs. In this blog we remind ourselves of a few definitions and the enormous scope for decorators, collectors and antique enthusiasts. In subsequent blogs we will explain the appeal, the many types, the makers, the countries, more on the history and some insights on value, care, collecting and… Continue reading Majolica Pottery – Introduction UPDATED

Majolica Definition – 2015

George Jones Majolica 'full nest' game pie dish

MAJOLICA DEFINITION What IS majolica? Or is it maiolica? What’s the difference? Start here. Which is the odd one out? You spotted it. The dish with chicks looks different in style. This could help us with our majolica definition.  The glazes look a little different too. Shiny runny colours versus strokes which appear painted on with… Continue reading Majolica Definition – 2015

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Majolica Magic in Homes & Antiques

World’s largest online gallery of MAJOLICA MADELENA Shop, Sell, Discover Majolica International Society MAJOLICA  The pottery that’s this season’s hottest must-have Above is the October 2013 issue of the BBC Homes and Antiques magazine. Antique majolica is back in vogue, this season’s hottest must-have! Ellie Tennant, the interiors journalist wrote the piece. She does a great… Continue reading Majolica Magic in Homes & Antiques