ARTstor is collaborating with the Majolica International Society to share 1,000 images of Majolica pottery from the collections of its members in the Digital Library.

Majolica is a variety of brightly painted, tin-glazed pottery made of soft earthenware. It was first introduced to Italy in the 14th century by merchants from Majorca, and the tradition was revived by British porcelain factory Minton & Co. and French ceramic chemist Leon Arnoux, who presented Majolica at the Crystal Palace Exhibition in London in 1851, where it was greatly admired by Queen Victoria and the general public.

Majolica designers drew on many sources, often combining them to make a Victorian statement in a single object. By the 1870s Majolica was in wide everyday use, both on the dining table and in garden decorations. A revival of interest in the 1970s by collectors brought back an appreciation of its aesthetic and historic worth. Today Majolica pottery is highly sought after in the art pottery market.

The Majolica International Society‘s membership consists of scholars, collectors, dealers, traders, auctioneers, photographers, restorers, decorators, and lovers of this whimsical Victorian ceramic. The images appearing in the ARTstor Digital Library are part of the photo archive of the Marilyn Karmason Majolica Reference Library.

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Majolica International Society page.

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