Italian Renaissance Revival Majolica Charger, ca.1880
Well, my friend Kim inherited her great-aunt Harriet's estate, and I helped her go through it. We sold some of it, and I helped her sell it and I helped her ship it out, and she told me I could pick something, and so I asked her for this.
Do you have any idea on this?
Well, I think it's Italian. It's got "Italian" written on the back of it.
You're one for one. It is definitely Italian. And this is actually sort of an homage piece to a very important era in Italian art, the Renaissance era. And this was made in the latter half of the 1800s, probably around 1880 or so, and it's in an era called the Renaissance Revival. And this is typified by these really sort of Raphaelesque borders that you have here. And then you have this enormous interest in Classicism in the middle. Now, this is a big, super showy piece, and it has this really interesting way that it's actually held together here with the...
The pencils, yes.
This is the greatest "make do" wire ever. It's like, "We're going to use a pencil to do this." There's that nice label there, no marks on the back that you can see, but not surprising. It's very typical of Italian pottery from this time period. Any idea what it's worth?
No, we don't have a clue, don't have a clue, so...
At auction, you would expect this to bring around $1,800 to $2,000.
Oh, really? That's... (laughs) Well, okay, we're going to have to have a party.
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