Ginori Majolica Charger

Value (2004) | $3,000 Retail$4,000 Retail

This is a really stunning looking piece of pottery. Tell me where you found this.

At an estate sale about 25 years ago.

So what did you pay for it back then?

I paid $125 for it.

Well, that was a lot of money back then-- that wasn't just a whim.

I liked the blue that was in it. At the time, I was into blue.

Do you know anything about it?

I had never found out anything about it. At the time, they thought it was Italian majolica, but I haven't found anything out all these years.

Okay, well, this piece is Italian. It's a type of Italian pottery sometimes called faience or majolica. It actually is marked on the back, and there's a hand-painted mark on the back which says "Ginori," which is the company that made it. Ginori's a really big company and they're still in business today, and they're primarily known for making porcelain. But in the 19th century, they made a great deal of pottery as well, such as this. They started in 1868, and we believe that this piece is probably from the 1870s or '80s. It's the sort of thing that a wealthy traveler who was going to Italy would have bought as a souvenir to take home. It wasn't just like a little trinket that you bought on the street for a few pennies, but it was something that would have been very expensive. It's all hand-painted and this really took a great deal of skill for the artist, with all these wonderful colored glazes. It's like a still-life painting, but it's on porcelain using all these colored glazes. All of these objects are something that a wealthy Italian would have had in, like, the 16th or 17th century, and they're all Italian things. Here we have wonderful Murano glassware, which would have been made in Venice at the time, and we've got some on the other side as well. Here we have some Italian majolica or faience, right here. Notice this vase here has wonderful snake-- figural snake-- handles. And then you've got the addition of these wonderful leaves and branches of a lemon tree with a lemon on it. So it was a carefully composed composition of all these wonderful Italian elements. It does have a little bit of misfiring. You see this bubbling? When it fired, the glaze didn't work quite right and it bubbled just a little and there's a few other little flaws on the edges, but basically it's survived a very long life in really great condition. Because it's so decorative and with the addition of a wonderful company-- and there are other companies that made this sort of thing-- we believe that this would probably sell, retail, like in a major antique show for somewhere between $3,000 and $4,000. So I think your $125 investment really paid off well.

Well, I am very pleased.

Appraisal Details

David Lackey Antiques & Art
Houston, TX
Appraised value (2004)
$3,000 Retail$4,000 Retail
Memphis, TN (July 31, 2004)

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