Majolica tableware that looks like it is alive. No worries. The lizards and insects are ceramic, too. Portuguese. Manuel Mafra, creator. Living from 1831 to 1905, he opened up his own factory in 1853. His work is known as Palissy ware, influenced by the work of 16th century French potter Bernard Palissy. Debuted at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1867.

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Ewer decorated with reptiles and a snail that is glazed with copper and manganese. Undated. Ceramic. Attributed to Manuel Mafra. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/pitchers/ewer-attributed-to-manuel-mafra/id-f_1853792/
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One of a pair of plates decorated with lizards. 19th c. Portuguese. Ceramic. Makers marks: Each plate is marked to the underside with the maker’s mark for Manuel Mafra, reading “M. MAFRA / CALDAS / PORTUGAL”. Image © 2020 Mayfair Gallery Limited. Fair use license. via https://www.mayfairgallery.com/two-portuguese-majolica-palissy-ware-plates-by-manuel-mafra
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Water jug with polychrome glaze decoration in high relief in the motif of lizards, butterflies and insects. Molded handles in a serpent motif. 19th c. Portuguese. Marked. Image © 2002-2020 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/en-gb/item/70075133_water-jug-palissy-ware-from-manuel-mafra

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