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Posted 12 months ago


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Found this Victorian Era French Barbotine (term for the applied decoration) Majolica centerpiece at the "Salvation Army Family Store" . I winced when I took it off the shelf expecting to see an insane price on it but it was only $7.99 !! I would say it's 99% intact,which is surprising on something this delicate and fussy.I think they take greater care at Salvation than Goodwill does. This would have been really worse for wear if Goodwill had it . Yes there are tiny chips and nicks and two pieces of leaf edge missing (but they look old and discolored not recent) and with all the delicate work they are barely visible. It looks like an old piece. It measures 12" in length and 5" at it's center. The interior cream colored glaze is crazed. There are no "major "missing or broken decorations. I think it's beautiful if a bit extravagant. Not everyone's taste I know. There are a bunch of numbers on the "unglazed" bottom (4102,23,6 ). Thanks, -Mike-

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  1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 12 months ago
    Seems like I have a starting point. I was told it is probably German majolica, also called "Continental Majolica" .The best examples are by Wilhelm Schiller and Son, but not all are marked . She also said "I suspect it would fetch at least a few hundred dollars depending on where it would be sold! That eye of yours is in full gear!" So I guess the mystery is solved just need to research the details ! -Mike-
  2. mikelv85 mikelv85, 12 months ago
    Well I've narrowed it down to being " Victorian French Barbotine Majolica " circa 1890's. Barbotine is the French term for ceramic slip or a mixture of clay and water for moulding or decorating pottery. This technique was used to create applied adornments on 19th century majolica items. Here are two pictures of similar pieces to mine. The little basket is selling for $265.00 on Ruby Lane !! The centerpiece (small picture) was sold so I couldn't find the price. I've seen some centerpieces selling in the $ 300.00 to $600.00 and up range !! These are ball park figures depending on the maker,design and what the market will bare,but I figure mine is a complete "homerun" !! -Mike-

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