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Majolica Pottery

A specialty of Spanish and Italian ceramic design, majolica pottery, also known as majolica pottery, has been a treasured type of tin-glazed pottery for generations. Beloved for its rich colors and vibrant patterns, majolica pottery has a history that dates back to the Renaissance.

Majolica made its entrance during the days of the Renaissance, with its technique first perfected in the 15th century in the Italian studios at Faenza almost simultaneously as it was mastered by Spanish sculptors. The technique became almost instantaneously popular, with a tin glaze that creates a clean white surface on which to add a rich array of decorative motifs. Majolica studios began popping up across the Italian peninsula from Orvieto to Palermo, and Spanish producers exported their designs throughout Europe.

Beloved for its vibrant palette and meticulous motifs, majolica is still celebrated today. Due to its fragile nature, a vintage or antique majolica piece preserved without chips is a true treasure.


Quick Facts

  • The origin of the name "majolica" is mixed: some sources believe it was derived from the Italian word for Majorca, Spain, while others think it came from the Spanish phrase "obra de mélequa," which refers to a form of lusterware
  • Florentine Renaissance artists and brothers Luca and Andrea della Robbia used majolica as their medium of choice for their iconic ceramic relief sculptures
  • Majolica first became popular in America following its debut at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exhibition in 1876

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Large 19th Century Majolica Cheese Dome 13" Tall
Mar 09, 10:00 AM EST
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Antique Majolica Austria Cat Humidor
Feb 27, 2:00 PM EST
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Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
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AN ANTIQUE CONTINENTAL MAJOLICA RENAISSANCE STYLE ALBARELLO GLAZED POTTERY LAMP. 63 cm high.
Feb 27, 10:00 AM GMT
AN ANTIQUE CONTINENTAL MAJOLICA RENAISSANCE STYLE ALBARELLO GLAZED POTTERY LAMP. 63 cm high.
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Est: £50- £75
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Antique Majolica Squirrel Plate
Mar 23, 6:30 PM EDT
Antique Majolica Squirrel Plate
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Est: $0- $0
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2 Majolica Plates
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Est: $0- $0
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Joseph Holdcraft Majolica Pitcher
Mar 23, 6:30 PM EDT
Joseph Holdcraft Majolica Pitcher
by Gary R. Wallace Auctioneers Inc.
Est: $0- $0
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Sirio Tofanari & Arnaldo Miniati Maiolica Dish
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Sirio Tofanari & Arnaldo Miniati Maiolica Dish
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Italian Majolica Pottery Bowl, African Leopard
Feb 27, 2:00 PM EST
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Antique Italian Majolica Porcelain Charger
Feb 29, 12:00 PM EST
Antique Italian Majolica Porcelain Charger
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Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid
FRENCH MAJOLICA CENTER PIECE
Mar 12, 11:15 AM EDT
FRENCH MAJOLICA CENTER PIECE
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Est: $100- $1,000
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Mar 13, 12:00 PM EDT
Mottahedeh Majolica Style Ceramic Bird Floral Box
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Est: $1- $1,000
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Sellers Who Sell Majolica Pottery


Galleria Sarno

Galleria Sarno

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Aste Boetto SRL

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Millea Bros Ltd

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