Majolica centerpieces, all made in Germany in the late 19th century. Tableware that is more interesting than the dinner.


Majolica galleon centerpiece. 1880-1889. German. Ceramic. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/german-majolica-galleon-centerpiece-circa-1880/id-f_21569122/#skuId=f_21569122S1


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“The Dwarf” majolica centerpiece. ca. 1890. Bohemian. Ceramic. Wilhem Schiller and Son, Bohemia, maker. Maker’s marks: Marked on the bottom with the impressed hallmark WS&S as well as the model number 1770. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2022. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/centerpieces/majolica-centerpiece-dwarf-wilhelm-schiller-son-bohemia-circa-1890/id-f_21953552/#skuId=f_21953552S1


Oval form centerpiece, the bowl supported by a pair of griffins suspending draped swags held by a melusine on each side, all raised on a shaped plinth molded with cartouche and laurel sprays on scrolled feet. 1850-1900. Made in Haldensleben, Saxony-Anhalt. Ceramic. Hugo Lonitz and Company, makers. Maker’s marks: base impressed with maker’s mark “1500; painted “242”. Image © FREEMAN’S 2022 . Fair use license. via https://www.freemansauction.com/auction/lot/lot-117-german-majolica-centerpiece/?lot=511850&so=0&st=&sto=0&au=4726&ef=&et=&ic=False&sd=1&pp=96&pn=2&g=1


 

Ceramic majolica game-pie tureens with animals on the top. George Jones. Starting out as a Minton apprentice, George Jones started his own manufacturing around 1861. He died in 1873 with the firm continuing until the 1950s.

Two handled game-pie tureen with cover and pie-liner, the grass modelled cover with a partridge finial, the tureen frieze modelled in relief with rabbits, ferns, oak leaves, and acorns. ca. 1875. English. Ceramic majolicaware. George Jones, maker. Maker’s marks: impressed crescent mark; indistinct registration lozenge for December, 1873. Image © COPYRIGHT 2021 DREWEATTS 1759 LTD. Fair use license. via https://auctions.dreweatts.com/auctions/7972/drewea1-10253/lot-details/18b37a46-6d3f-42bc-b2a4-adb000f889d1
Two-handle game pie dish with liner. The game-pie dish modeled as a basket weave and featuring a goose, hares, birds, and fish amongst leaves with brown, green, and white being the predominant colors. Late 19th c. English. Ceramic majolicaware. George Jones, maker. Maker’s marks: bears the pattern number “3569”; English diamond registration mark for the date ?? (unreadable). Image © 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2873455/late-19th-century-george-jones-majolica-goose-fish-game-dish
Game-pie dish that features a fox and hunting paraphernalia. Turquoise ground variation with turquoise, green and brown being the predominant colors. Late 19th c. English. Ceramic majolicaware. George Jones, maker. Maker’s marks: bears the pattern number “2262.” Image © 2021 Chairish, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.chairish.com/product/2904469/late-19th-century-george-jones-fox-game-pie-dish

Majolicaware soup tureens done up to look like fish. Fish chowder, optional.

Green fish tureen. 1940s. French. Ceramic. Sarreguemines, maker. Maker’s marks: Imprinted marks on the underside. Image © 1stDibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/serving-pieces/french-green-majolica-fish-tureen-sarreguemines/id-f_21874952/
Hand painted majolica fish tureen with halved lemon decorations. Mid century. Italian.Ceramic. Image
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Fish soup tureen. Undated. Italian. Ceramic. Gialletti Pimpinelli GP LP. Maker’s marks impressed on the underside. Image © 2021 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/878688545/fish-soup-tureen-italian-majolica?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_a-home_and_living-kitchen_and_dining-dining_and_serving-other&utm_custom1=k_Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbWyN1zURolCltGKTBnnwB1_QvDydunpRazPIPQvJJcpVNzFAhnBXEIaAmBSEALw_wcB_k&utm_content=go_1843970809_72389326769_346364680770_pla-336272033724_c__878688545_113918463&utm_custom2=1843970809&gclid=Cj0KCQiA4feBBhC9ARIsABp_nbWyN1zURolCltGKTBnnwB1_QvDydunpRazPIPQvJJcpVNzFAhnBXEIaAmBSEALw_wcB

Majolica pieces all decorated with animals to make your guests have to guess what is for dinner. mid 19th century. English, designed by George Jones who started out working for Minton as a potter’s apprentice in the 1830s but then opened his majolica works in 1862.

Tea tray with monkey handles. Blue with green and white decoration and brown monkeys. ca. 1875-1882. Ceramic. Maker’s marks: Mark specifying that this design was registered by George Jones on June 26, 1875 with the last design for majolica being registered in 1882. Image ©2021DimitriosBastas. Fair use license. via http://etruscanmajolica.blogspot.com/2012/11/majolica-pottery-marks-george-jones.html
Majolica cheese keep in green, ochre, and brown on a white ground, featuring an overlapping leaf border and cow finial. 1880. English. Ceramic. Marked on the base. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/serving-pieces/george-jones-majolica-cow-cheese-dome-stand/id-f_15871102/?gclid=CjwKCAiAjeSABhAPEiwAqfxURQtIQb5pBvWqmvuomyx5KA1Mt8W-5ma8z4GKTrZJeM1U54Sz1-0AjRoCT0UQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
Majolica mackerel tureen and cover, with predominately yellow, green, and gray coloration. The cover featuring a mackerel fish lying on a bed of fern leaves and reeds. ca. 1870. English. Marks: Pattern number “2763” and maker’s marks for the George Jones Pottery. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2021. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/platters-serveware/george-jones-majolica-mackerel-tureen-circa-1870/id-f_17728911/

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Trompe l’oeil tableware with ceramic fruit and vegetables. Better put a bunch of real grapes and a fresh carrot so no one starves. Made at various times.

Majolica trompe l”oeil lidded server modeled as grapes, plums, nuts, pears, and an apple. Porcelain. 1880-1890. Made in the north of France, possibly by Orchies. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/serving-pieces/french-majolica-trompe-loeil-server-fruits-circa-1880/id-f_16823342/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwufn8BRCwARIsAKzP6954HtwJUo8lVEYsQJAdsMryAT6mkNM-n-NW7kfv9Jw4K86FMHIaCnkaAuCyEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Trompe l’oeil dish with olives. 18th c. French, made in Strasbourg. Image ROB MICHIELS AUCTIONS © 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.rm-auctions.com/en/european-ceramics-and-decorative-arts/9258-a-french-faience-trompe-loeil-dish-with-olives-strasbourg-18th-c
Trompe l’oeil tureen or sauce boat modeled as a bunch of asparagus. Porcelain. ca. 1910. French. Image © 2020 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/785620369/art-nouveau-trompe-loeil-tureen-sauce?gpla=1&gao=1&&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=shopping_us_a-home_and_living-home_decor-other&utm_custom1=k_Cj0KCQjwufn8BRCwARIsAKzP695Ep-3Aq32TljRyooRTSmXiTCtF6zb8tL42WLpCwGKMXd1TpVVlk80aAgQ-EALw_wcB_k&utm_content=go_1843970809_72389335089_346398200080_pla-303663660129_c__785620369_101369254&utm_custom2=1843970809&gclid=Cj0KCQjwufn8BRCwARIsAKzP695Ep-3Aq32TljRyooRTSmXiTCtF6zb8tL42WLpCwGKMXd1TpVVlk80aAgQ-EALw_wcB

Tableware from under the sea. Majolica with fishy themes from Joseph Holdcroft and Company which was active in the 1870s and early 1880s. English.

Lobster pate tureen with a lid decorated with a lobster on seaweeds. 1870-1879. Victorian. English. Makers marks: signed “Joseph Holcroft.” Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/serving-pieces/19th-english-majolica-lobster-tureen-joseph-holdcroft/id-f_7586773/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwy8f6BRC7ARIsAPIXOjhe_VRH1_x6Sitb_0c7UYXvUs5yCwUYwWO3dwbP45AFGpo9lTCNesEaAo5tEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Oyster plate glazed in robin’s egg blue, with a deep pink central well, each well separated by flowering lotus, trimmed in yellow. 1875. English. Maker’s marks: Impressed “J HOLDCROFT” on the reverse. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/ceramics/joseph-holdcroft-majolica-oyster-plate-english-circa-1875/id-f_17992792/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwy8f6BRC7ARIsAPIXOjjSl8J0NyM9qrKZx35V1Scr4TVcP80BGn3T4KVKTP5zt04J-JOuazAaAmxLEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Seven piece salmon service including a platter that is molded as a salmon on a bed of seaweeds on a molded ground simulating moving water with shell form handles modeled in high relief. Glazed in turquoise blue with six matching plates. 1875. Majolica with a turquoise glaze. Makers marks: Plates and platter all impressed “J HOLDCROFT” on the underside. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/platters-serveware/holdcroft-majolica-7-piece-salmon-service-turquoise-english-circa-1875/id-f_19690282/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwy8f6BRC7ARIsAPIXOjhi0KQktoV-V_FyScNzFKkSbGetvZsgic-SR0GYKV3VVnLr5s7p8cgaAookEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds
Oyster plate in the “Pond Lily” pattern, the wells glazed in deep pink with a hue of lavender. ca. 1875. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/dining-entertaining/ceramics/holdcroft-majolica-pink-oyster-plate-english-circa-1875-pond-lily-pattern/id-f_18906402/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwy8f6BRC7ARIsAPIXOjgNbH0uCCAeDkoZo9RcSDdejq7P_KmDiB2iGVlugVFrWn1HdUxxiQUaAnR1EALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds

Art Nouveau era majolica glazed ceramics. Various makers and countries. All in wonderful colors.

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Candlestick. ca. 1900. Art Nouveau. French. Ceramic with multicolor stylized floral motifs with gilded bronze. Maker not known. Image © 1stdibs.com, Inc. 2020. Fair use license. via https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/decorative-objects/candle-holders/candelabras/art-nouveau-ceramics-bronze-candelabra-majolica-circa-1900/id-f_18958052/

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Swan centerpiece in the form of a sleigh with a large shell on an ice skate with a swan at its head. ca. 1900. Art Nouveau. Majolica/Barbotine art pottery. Signed “Eichwald”. Eichwald Company, maker. Image © 1998-2020 Ruby Lane, Inc. and My French Attic. Fair use license. via https://www.rubylane.com/item/1417236-487/Magnificent-Art-Nouveau-Majolica-Barbotine-Swan

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Tall vase with a tube-lined design of cranes in a marsh landscape Fitted in a gilt metal arrowroot motif stand. ca. 1900. Bohemian. Makers marks: “JCB” for Julian Dresser. Julian Dresser, maker. Image © catalog.quittenbaum.de. Fair use license. via https://www.quittenbaum.de/en/auctions/art-nouveau—art-deco/120/dressler-julius-biela-tall-vase-with-handles-c1900-80073/