Majolica (lots 166-202)
The present ensemble of English and Continental Majolica is a representative selection from a larger collection formed over the last three decades. Majolica, a distinctive variety of brightly colored earthenware, was first displayed at the Crystal Palace at the London International Exhibition of 1851. From that moment on, its audacious coloration sparked debate. A Victorian battle followed between such pundits of style as Ruskin, Pugin, Dresser and Morris.
Encamped at Mintons and as hired mercenaries were artists such as the celebrated French animalier sculptor Paul Comolera and the robust designer Albert Ernest Carrier-Belleuse. Spurred by their inspiration and financed by manufacturers such as Mintons, George Jones and Sarreguemines, the style spread like wildfire across Britain and the Continent.
Part I of this New York Collection has been organized in two tranches: the first is a selection of Chinoiserie and Japonisme pieces styled together to highlight the exotic influence of Asia; the second is a group of works inspired by designs found in the natural world, often modeled fighting the battle of 'Natural Selection'.
PART I OF A NEW YORK COLLECTION