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Friday, December 2, 2011

Sarreguemines majolica figure of Lorenzo de Medici - December 4th

Rare large antique Sarreguemines majolica figure of Lorenzo de Medici
Auction Date: 04 December 2011, 11:00 AEST
Rare large antique Sarreguemines majolica figure of Lorenzo de Medici 90cm high. Circa 1880. Impressed to the back Sarreguemines.

Special Estate Auction at Vickers & Hoad - Lot 35
Estimated Price: AUD 1,500 – AUD 2,500

Location: 89 Anzac Parade, Kensington, Sydney, Australia 2033
Phone: +61 (2)9663 2889
Fax: +61 (2)9663 3884
Sydney, Australia

Viewing Notes:
2nd December 10am to 5pm.
3rd December 10am to 5pm.
4th December 10am to 11am.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christies, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, Sale # 2486

Christies Auctions of New York at Rockefeller Plaza is having a November 22, 2011
Sale # 2486.

500 Years Decorative Arts Europe including Oriental Carpets
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Several lots are Majolica and or Palissy items (lots 244 thru 254, documented on catalogue pages 178 thru 183).

Special attention will be drawned to this wonderful lot number 248. A large Hugo Lonitz Hawk, from the late 19th Century. The hawk is modeled perched on a rocky outcropping applied with ferns and branches, one talon raised, its eyes glass, on an entwined branch base.

23¾ in. (60.3 cm.) high
estimated at: $3,000 - $5,000 USD

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Youngest Majolica Dealer - Baltimore Summer Antique Show

Hi Majolica International Society,

We have returned to Ireland, from the Baltimore Summer Antique Show despite many flight and train cancellations.

Our daughters, Maeve & Lizzie helped Martine and I for the first time at a show. We all had a ball.

Earthquakes and hurricanes didn’t put off the youngest Majolica dealers on the block and although Baltimore was in lock down, the collectors who got to the show made the show successful.

Many thanks to all of them, Nic Boston

Monday, October 10, 2011


October 30, 2011, at 10:30AM - The Majolica International Society will open the doors to convention-goers for its 23rd annual MAJOLICA HEAVEN - Exhibition and Sale.

One hour later, at 11:30AM the doors will be open FREE to the general public.

The Convention and MAJOLICA HEAVEN headquarters are at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel, 220 South 17th St, Philadelphia PA 19103-6179, USA.This Victorian Majolica and Palissy ware exhibit and sale is presented by the foremost majolica dealers from around the world.

- Lisa Gaffney with Terramare
- Linda Ketterling with Linda Ketterling Antiques
- Jean Alonso Defrocourt and Philippe Meunier with Majolica and Barbotines
- Carmen Pattinson with Moorland Antiques
- David and Ben Tulk with Madelena Antiques
- Charles Washburne with Charles L. Washburne Antiques

See you there!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Special “Cinepuces” Event Friday - October 14, 7 p.m.

Aidjolate Antiquités, Laurence and Denis Vauclair are glad to invite you to the private soiree for the special “Cinepuces” event “Paul Bert & Serpette markets are making movies” on Friday October 14. from 7 p.m.

On this occasion, the French decorator Alain Tchilinguirian (Coco before Chanel, 2009) has decorated the Aidjolate stand in the style of the Visconti’s movie The Leopard.
Second Empire style, winter garden, majolica and Palissy’s followers are magnified in this amazing decoration.
Where? Marché Paul Bert, Allée 6, Stand 79.
See the program of this special event and the soiree on Aidjolate’s blog:
For invitation, please ask us by e-mail at

Majolica Auction on Friday and Saturday, October 28 & 29, 2011

Michael Strawser will be conducting his semi-annual Majolica Auction on Friday and Saturday, October 28 & 29, 2011 at the Alderfer Auction Facility in Hatfield, Pennsylvania. The auction includes many rare and unusual majolica pieces by George Jones, Minton, Holdcroft, Hugo Lonitz and many other makers.

Majolica for the beginning collector to the very advanced. Visit Michael's website then click on "Online Auctions" to view the entire catalog for both days.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

ARTstor - New collection agreement: Majolica International Society

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

Read the rest of the ARTstor post>

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Scottish farmer finds unusual pottery in Errol soil

The discovery of pottery shards could add a new dimension to Errol's history.

Read the rest of the story at The Courier.CO.UK

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Majolica and Oyster Plate Auction

Strawser was happy with the sale overall. "Ninety-eight percent of the lots offered sold, which was great," he pointed out. Some lots exceeded Strawser's expectations. "The clamshell tureen was a nice surprise," Strawser said. Some fell short. "I had expected the Massier jardinière would have done better. Still, many of the lots sold well above our estimates, so we were very pleased," he added.

Strawser's next majolica event will be held in conjunction with the Majolica International Society's annual convention in Philadelphia. The convention begins October 27, 2011. Strawser's sale will be held at the Alderfer auction facility on October 28 and 29. "The best of the best collectors will be attending the convention and will be at the auction," Strawser said. "We expect to see great pieces going up for bids, as consignors are eager to get their items in front of this kind of audience."

For more information, call Strawser Auction Group at (260) 854-2859 or visit (
Read the entire article at Maine Antiques Digest Web Site.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Christine VIENNET: from July 21 to September 04

The Dock South Gallery will receive a distinguished ceramist, Christine Viennet

Christine VIENNET: from July 21 to September 04

The aquatic world is her world, a world of tentacles that twisted, globular eyes fixing on us.

The hands of this talented ceramicist creates oceans of sea creatures, all output of its imaginative creator. 
Christine Viennet was born in Norway in 1947. After a passage to the Ecole des Beaux Arts of Oslo, she worked in two large ceramic Norwegians, Rolf Hansen and Bente von Krogh. Passionate about the work of the French Renaissance ceramics, Bernard Palissy, she creates with exuberance, vases, dishes, basins, sculptures of amphibians, reptiles, faunas and floras.

Today, it is committed in the novel creation of sculptures modelled in clay, stoneware and porcelain. There are abundant species in the colours light and varied under different enamels and glazes, a marine sanctuary having already conquered from major museums and international collectors.

This beautiful collection will be accompanied by the works of her husband Jean Viennet's pastels, drawings and crayons. In to this universe figurative and surprising menu: scallops, prawns, lobsters, dream bubble and Angel of Bouzigues.

Gallery DOCK SUD
2 quai Aspirant Herber
34200 SETE


Friday, June 10, 2011

Skinner’s July 9th sale in Boston featuring Fine Ceramics - Minton Prometheus Bound vase and cover

Several lots of majolica will be at auction in the European Furniture & Decorative Arts Auction on 07/09/2011 10:00 AM.

Lot No. 80: Minton Majolica Prometheus Bound Vase and Cover, England, 19th century, designed by Victor Etienne Simyan.
Polychrome enamel decorated, the cover modeled with a eagle attacking a chain bound scantily draped male figure, the vase with bearded male figures chained to either side of scrolled handles adorned with helmet and shields, no visible factory mark, overall ht. 48 1/2 in.
Condition requests can be obtained via email or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000).

Additional items at auction:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Happy Birthday Majolica - 160 Years

Can you believe that Google decided to recognize the 160 Birthday of the "World's Fair" with the great Google graphic below?

May 1, 2011, was the 160th Anniversary of the “World’s Fair”; or specifically The Great Exhibition of 1851, in Hyde Park, London.

Victorian Majolica was introduced to the world at the Great Exhibition 1851 by Herbert Minton, of Stoke-on-Trent, England.

A world's fair is a gathering of people from many parts of ...the world, at which they demonstrate their products and their arts, and promote their homelands. The modern string of world's fairs began in the middle of the nineteenth century, when the industrial revolution was unfolding.

The poet Tennyson referred to the Great Exhibition of 1851 as "the world's great fair," and the exhibition was popularly and widely referred to as "the world's fair." Since then every such event has been similarly described.

Happy 160th birthday "Victorian Majolica".