Majolica sunflower tray with handles from the 1870's. This platter depicts a large sunflower in the middle on top of a woven pattern, and a green leaf in each of its four corners. This piece is 11 inches in width, 8.55 inches in height, and in overall good condition despite some discoloration (see condition notes and photos for more details).
"Maiolica, also called Majolica, is Italian tin-glazed pottery dating from the Renaissance period. It is decorated in colours on a white background, sometimes depicting historical and mythical scenes, these works known as istoriato wares ("painted with stories"). By the late 15th century, several places, mainly small cities in northern and central Italy, were producing sophisticated pieces for a luxury market in Italy and beyond.
The name is thought to come from the medieval Italian word for Majorca, an island on the route for ships bringing Hispano-Moresque wares from Valencia to Italy. Moorish potters from Majorca are reputed to have worked in Sicily and it has been suggested that their wares reached the Italian mainland from Caltagirone. An alternative explanation of the name is that it comes from the Spanish term obra de Malaga, denoting “[imported] wares from Malaga”, or obra de mélequa, the Spanish name for lustre." - Wikipedia
8.5ʺW × 11ʺD × 2ʺH
Late 19th Century
Vintage, Antique or Pre-owned
Good Condition, Unknown, Some Imperfections
Pictured: Wear and tear consistent with age. Light discoloration on green painted leaves, some dark discoloration and light chipping to handles, small dark dots and divets throughout. Some residue from tape. Stickers on back.