Exquisite antique figural 8-1/2" WEDGWOOD MAJOLICA green glaze cabbage leaf dish or bowl. Porcelain company Wedgwood began producing its own line of majolica once Minton’s patent expired, approximately ten years after its inception. From there, the style was adopted by factories across Europe, the United States, and Australia, and it solidified itself as an official worldwide phenomenon. By the turn of the 20th century, Majolica’s popularity faded as the style went out of fashion, followed by a decline in production values and fewer factories producing wares.
This antique Wedgwood Majolica measures 8.5" x 8.5" x 1.75" deep, weighs 15.9 ounces and is in excellent display condition. Please note that one tiny chip is noted on the underside edge as noted.
MADE IN ENGLAND began appearing on some wares as early as 1898 but it was not in consistent use until 1908. Bone china was manufactured between 1812 and 1830 then abandoned until 1878. Majolica was first produced by Wedgwood in 1860 and continued until 1940. Green glazed leaf plates rely on the 'intaglio' effect where glaze accumulates in the depressions of the mold as a stronger color.
Majolica is a tin-glazed earthenware that includes planters, tableware, tea sets, jugs and other decorative objects. Majolica makers usually focused on five signature colors: cobalt blue, antimony yellow, iron red, copper green, and manganese purple, and a white tin enamel was often used for highlights. Majolica was known for its colorful, fanciful charm, and many objects were designed to be “fit for purpose.”