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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Majolica International Society Iconic Item

Today in New York City, Joan Stacke Graham reported a great find.  It is in the booth of global ceramics dealer, and MIS member Nicolaus Boston.  His inventory has the iconic George Jones Jardinière that is used as the Majolica International Society logo! 
Visit it or buy it!  Every member should own one!
Visit "The" Jardinière at the Antiques & Art at the Armory: Saturday, September 22 thru Monday, September 24, 2012

Or contact Nicolaus Boston:  For show details visit!

Jerry Hayes Majolica Show Schedule

Jerry Hayes Majolica Show Schedule
MIS Members,
Some of you have been asking about me so I thought I would share some of my future show dates!

September 21-23, 2012
Lauritzen Gardens Antiques Show, Omaha Botanical Gardens

100 Bancroft Street, Omaha NE
October 3-6, 2012
The Original Round Top Antiques Fair
Big Red Show Barn, Route 237, Round Top TX

Or Visit my Web Site!
Jerry Hayes

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Madelena Majolica & Antiques at Marburger Farm Show

Marburger Farm Antiques Show is a top show running during Round Top fortnight from from Tuesday 2nd thru Saturday 6th October.

Madelena and David Tulk will have some "show-only" clearance bargains amongst a fantastic new selection of top Majolica, Staffordshire figures, English samplers and two choice examples of R Lalique glass.
Show Hours:
Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday thru Saturday: 9pm to 5pm
Sunday: 9am to 4.00pm.

Location: Two miles south of Round Top, Texas, on Highway 237.
Madelena Booth: The General Store. Most convenient parking via the Warrenton end Entrance.

Best wishes from David, and from everyone at Madelena.
Contact: David Tulk

Ketterling: Majolica at Round Top, Texas on Oct 2-6, 2012

Linda Ketterling has an upcoming Majolica show and sale in Texas.

She will be exhibiting at the Marburger Farm Antique Show in Round Top, Texas on October 2-6, 2012, Booth Cc7, Tent C.  She will be bringing over 250 pieces of majolica with her usual broad selection of botanical and naturalistic pieces as well as an emphasis on animal-themed pieces.  Linda hopes that many of the local MIS members will be able to stop by and see their inventory.
For show info, the website is or feel free to contact me at  or 419-377-2438. Linda would be happy to send out preview photos if anyone is interested.


Tuesday, July 3, 2012

New England Antiques Journal: Majolica in Nature

The July 2012, New England Antiques Journal has a wonderful cover and article about our favorite ceramics.  MIS member Charles Washburne had a huge role in it the details.  The title is Putting Nature on the Table: Victorian Majolica.

Charles Washburne, as told to John Fiske.
All photographs from the inventory of Charles Washburne. Nice job NEAJ and Charlie! 

The entire magazine is at the link below and the article starts on page 41!  

Friday, April 20, 2012

Majolica Bowl Reported Stolen In Lanesborough, MA, USA

 Apr 20th, 2012, Lanesborough, Mass.

Most likely stolen on Easter Sunday, a French barbotine majolica bowl, with hand-applied birds and flowers, was reported taken from a home here. The bowl is approximately 14 inches tall with a diameter of about 20 inches.

The item pictured above is exactly the same as the stolen bowl in its style but the stolen bowl has the same birds and scenery above the same colored bowl, as well as on the sides. It also has no glaze or color on the bottom of bowl, and is numbered on the bottom.

Anyone with information on the bowl is asked to contact the police department at 413-443-4107 or 413-442-6714.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Shrewsbury, England Auction: Mintons Stork Fountain - April 18, 2012

At auction April 18, 2012 is a rare Mintons majolica fountain basin, date code for 1883, after a design by John Thomas, formed as a large turquoise glazed scallop shell supported on the wings of a stork and surrounded by bulrushes, water lilies and calla lilies, on a moulded plinth in green, yellow and blue glazes, (at fault) overall height 84cm, 65cm wide.

This stork fountain basin was originally designed in 1858 by John Thomas (1813-1862) in conjunction with Prince Albert for Minton's scheme for the Royal Dairy at the Model Farms, Frogmore, which the Illustrated London News praised as 'a perfect gem of taste and art'.

It was later translated into the 'St. George and the Dragon' fountain made by Minton for the London International Exhibition of 1862. The fountain was 36 feet high and constructed of stone and majolica and surmounted by a figure of Saint George and the Dragon, consisting of 379 pieces. Below the central monumental Saint George and the Dragon sculpture were smaller majolica fountains supported by heraldic British lions and on the next tier, stork and shell fountains similar to this present lot.

A stork fountain was also featured in the Philadelphia Exhibition of 1876 and then Christies sold a similar or perhaps the same Philadelphia, stork fountain, dated 1874, Lot 280, Sale 2210, New York, 20th October 2009.

See Marilyn G. Karmason and Joan B. Stacke, Majolica, A Complete History and Illustrated Survey, Harry N. Abrams, New York, 1989 pages 61-63 for an illustration of the London 1862 Exhibition fountain and accompanying text.

See also V & A Online Journal Issue No 3 Spring 2011 ISSN 2043-667X 'John Thomas and his wonderful facility of invention: Revisiting a neglected sculptor' by Ian Blatchford, Director, Science Museum, London.

Estimate £20,000-£30,000

Please do not hesitate to contact Meg Randell if you require any further information. Phone number is 01743 284 777, and I would be delighted to discuss the fountain.

With kind regards, Meg Randell

Halls Holdings Ltd
Welsh Bridge,
Shrewsbury, SY3 8LA
Tel: 01743 284777


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Appraisal of Continental Majolica Plates, c. 1900

Watch David Rago's appraisal of Continental Majolica Butterfly plates, ca. 1900, from a Pittsburgh episode of PBS' Antiques Roadshow.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Majolica on Masterpiece Theater - Downton Abbey Series

Look what we spotted in the 2012 run of Masterpiece Theater's "Downton Abbey".
The year was 1916, and the servants were just at the end of their lunch in the servant's area. Carson was seated and Daisy was cleaning up the table. In her right hand is an English Pineapple Majolica Sardine Dish!
Great work Masterpiece Theater.

Monday, February 6, 2012

HADA Antiques Show & Sale, March 2 - 4

HADA 2012 Spring Antiques Show & Sale March 2 - 4
Friday and Saturday: 11am - 7pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm
George R. Brown Convention Center - Hall B, Houston, TX

Celebrate America’s oldest association of antiques dealers, Houston Antiques Dealers Association that was established in 1964. Support a beloved Houston tradition that gives back to the community. Shop one of the most recognized antique shows in the country and discover extraordinary treasures from museum-worthy furniture to brilliant objects of arts.

MIS Member Linda Ketterling will be showing over 200 pieces of majolica, including several rare woodland pieces by Hugo Lonitz, at the Spring HADA antiques show at the George Brown Convention Center on March 2-4, 2012. Please go to for more info or contact Linda at for a discount admission card.
MIS Members Jean Alonso Defrocourt & Philippe Meunier will also be showing at the Spring 2012 HADA Show along with their wonderful painting of Benard Palissy.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Glazed and Confused: Etruscan Majolica: Fact and Fiction

Glazed and Confused: Etruscan Majolica: Fact and Fiction is always a great site. If you have a chance run over to "To Glazed and Cofused" and see Jimbo's comments about the web article "Etruscan majolica Potteries Historic Phoenixville Ties"

See his insite of "Facts and Fictions"

Friday, January 27, 2012

Society members & majolica enthusiasts,
The first ever Joan Stacke Graham Lecture has been scheduled for April 24, 2012. Attached is the contact information and address. This lecture is a joint project by the Bard Graduate Center and the Majolica International Society.
Please save the date!

Strawser Majolica Auction, April 13 - 14, 2012

This extremely rare George Jones majolica comport has just been discovered and will be a part of our April 13 - 14, 2012 Spring Majolica Auction.
Majolica Auctions will be traveling along the east coast south to Florida, west to Texas, north to Missouri and back to Indiana picking up Majolica, Oyster Plates and other Antiques the first 2 weeks of February.

Contact Michael as soon as possible to schedule your appointment for him to pickup your items for the upcoming auctions.

Contact Michael at 260-854-2859 or email

Etruscan Majolica Pottery's Historical Phoenixville Ties

In the late 19th century, Phoenixville was known far and wide for more than just iron. Here are the people and the stories behind its illustrious pottery past.

By J.F. Pirro Read the rest of the story!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Wedgwood Museum Saved!

It was announced just before Christmas that a judge at the High Court in Birmingham gave a verdict saying that the collection in the Wedgwood Museum, valued at £18 million, could be sold to help cover a £134 million pension deficit stemming back to the 2009 collapse of the Waterford Wedgwood pottery firm. This led to an outcry from the family, the local member of parliament, curators and ordinary Potteries folk, horrified by the idea that their region, which has already lost its pottery, coal and steel industries, could lose its proud heritage too. Experts believe any sale would undoubtedly see the collection broken up with the best items sold abroad.

Happily on Christmas Eve, the Daily Telegraph was able to report that billionaire John Caudwell, who was born into a working class family in Stoke on Trent in the 1950s and who made his fortune from selling his home-grown mobile phone company, had stepped forward offering to keep the collection intact, in place and open to the public.

Obviously there are many formalities to be gone through, but it looks as though the Wedgwood Museum has been saved.

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