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Palissy Ware / Majolica Charger, circa 1870

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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Greetings: I purchased this charger at a chicken house auction in Southern Delaware. The auctioneer threatened to drop and break this "ugly" treasure on the ground unless someone offered him at least $1 for it - I had to pay twice that for it ($2) - bummer! This style of Palissy Ware / majolica charger is named after the French potter, Bernard Palissy (1510-1590). It is stamped/signed on the reverse "Jose A. Cunha, Portugal, Caldas Rainha." It is a generous 15+" across.

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    1. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      Beautiful majolica charger!

      It is suprising that such unbelievable bargains still regularly appear at auctions. How was it described? Was it an uncatalogued auction?

      I bet that you are a regular for his auctions NOW!

    2. nldionne nldionne, 9 years ago
      Now this is interesting!
    3. Nootch Nootch, 9 years ago
      Scott: No, the auction was not catalogued. It was a very local country auction that no longer exists. The auctioneer had no clue as to what this was.
    4. scottvez scottvez, 9 years ago
      It is ashame that they aren't still in business. Thankfully there are still some auction hold outs that don't use the internet or catalogue their items!

    5. maryh1956 maryh1956, 9 years ago
      1860's -1885, according to the pottery marks website I'm a member of. What a find!
    6. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 9 years ago
      I know very little about ceramics, so please pardon my question. : ) I have never before seen a charger that featured a design that projected so high above the plate platform. Are you sure that this is a charger?....It is quite magnificent! Thank you!
    7. Nootch Nootch, 9 years ago
      Hi MiKKo: When I think charger, I think large plate. Of course, with the high relief, this piece was never intended to hold food/fruit/etc., but rather is ornamental, usually hung on a wall - hence the holes in the back for hanging. Regards.
    8. epson233 epson233, 9 years ago
      this is lovely nootch and what a lovely post you did -- i love auctions and auctioneers they are so humorous -- use to go to farm sales in nebraska and bid on 8n ford tractor equipment -- it was soooooooooo cold but as my knowledge grew as to what i was looking for -- the farmers would come around and show me all their goodies ask my opinion etc etc as we slurped down the hot coffee and wiped the frozen ice from our faces -- have a great weekend
    9. Nootch Nootch, 9 years ago
      Epson: Yes, chicken house auctions are great - but tough to find any more. Regards.
    10. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 9 years ago
      Thank you very much, sir, for your courtesy and generous response! Ah, yes, would look splendid on the wall. Gorgeous!!! : )

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