Majolica: A brief history.
Maiolica pottery originated in North
Africa and travelled into Europe via Spain, and then was exported to
Italy via the island of Majorca, hence the name. From Italy it spread
to France and the rest of Europe.
Some of the Majolica produced was
an imitation of Italian maiolica & 16th century Palissy wares, but there
were also items made that were uniquely Victorian, and were influenced
by naturalism, Japonism, Darwin's origin of species, and the revival
of renaissance and Gothic taste introduced by Augustus Pugin. The result
often being unusual and whimsical shapes. Minton's introduced their
new pottery at the 1851 exhibition to great success, with Queen Victoria
being one of majolica's new admirers. Other potteries soon started manufacturing,
notably George Jones, Wedgwood, Brown Westhead Moore, Copeland, and
Joseph Holdcroft, Brownfield & Royal Worcester.
-Minton First 200 years of design & production by Joan Jones, Swanhill press.
-Dictionary of Minton, Atterbury & Batkin
- Antiques collectors club 19th century French followers of Palissy, Marshall P. Katz
- Palissy ware, Marshall P.Katz & Robert Lehr, athlone.
- Majolica, Nicholas Dawes, Crown publishers.
- Majolica, Victoria Bergesen, Barrie & Jenkins.
- Majolica A complete History, Marilyn Karmason, Abrams.