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Majolica Centerpiece Bowl "Agostinelli dal Pra" Nove Italy /Hand Painted Floral Rococo Design/ Circa 1920's- 1930's

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    Posted 8 years ago

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    This piece was in the GW showcase this morning and I knew it was Italian majolica. After looking at it closely I had to have it. It appears to be quite old with minimal damage. Mostly light nicks and a few abrasions. No cracks and it passes the ring test with flying colors. Each foot is marked with a Roman numeral I-IV. It's 12" to each handle and 5" high. I love the ornate design and I think it's maybe late 19th early 20th century. Has a nice clear and interesting painted mark. I still haven't figured that out yet. It's also stamped in the clay underneath the mark with "Made in Italy" but it's faint and hard to read. I'll have to keep researching this gem ! The "thrifting gods " were smiling on me today. -Mike-

    Now that I know what the mark is and who made it :

    Agostinelli & Dal Pra of Nove, a pottery and porcelain producing center, not far from Venice. A & D was established in 1883. The studio was part of the Societa Cooperative. Domenico Agostinelli died in 1928 and the firm continued to use this mark until 1952 when Rita Dal Pra assumed management of the firm. This was one of Nove’s finest ceramics factories. The company won numerous international awards. Examples of their ceramics are highly collectible.

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    1. SEAN68 SEAN68, 8 years ago
      stunning mike:)
    2. Manikin Manikin, 8 years ago
      What a great find find Mike ! Love the colors :-)
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      Ok, the "mosein Italy" is actually "made in Italy" some bright light and glasses helped ,but it is a bit obscured by the painted mark which I'll work on next.
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 8 years ago
      The painted mark on the bottom appears to belong to "Agostinelli dal Pra " of Nove Italy, it's their "shooting star" mark used from 1887 to 1952. So since it's stamped "made in Italy" it can't be any older than 1891 when the McKinley tariff act took effect on marking the country of origin on any pieces imported to the US . So we're just squeezing in to my 19th century time frame guess. Being stamped instead of incised might push it to the 20th century but I still think it's fairly early possibly the 1920's.

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