New Black American Memorabilia Humidors in Majolica StyleBy

New Black American Memorabilia Humidors in Majolica Style

Specific copies of American and European majolica have been reproduced in China since the mid-1990s. Two more examples of new majolica surfaced in the form of humidors with figures of young black men.

These shapes are typical of the kind so popular with both collectors of majolica as well as black memorabilia. Each figure is seated on a large figural melon. Colors are bright and similar to those used on originals. Originals in this form can run from $300-$900 and more depending on style and shape. The new pieces are $15 each wholesale.

There are several relatively easy ways to detect these new products. The most obvious is that the insides of the new jars are not glazed; they have been left undecorated in a biscuit finish. All old original jars are fully glazed inside.

Next, examine the lid. The vast majority of similar three dimensional figures on old lids were made separately and applied to the tops of the lid. Figures on these new humidors are cast as one piece with the lid. Looking up into the lids of new pieces, the hollow bodies of the figures run into the lids. The tops of old lids are solid.

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Fig. 1 New 10″ high ceramic humidor. Young black man on melon with melon leaves around base. Shiny glaze and bright colors imitate vintage majolica.

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Fig. 2 New 11″ high ceramic humidor. Young black man on melon. Melons in Fig. 1 and 2 are bright green with yellow and pink accents.

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Fig. 5 The interior of the new humidors is left in a biscuit finish and not glazed. All old majolica style humidors are fully glazed inside.

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Fig. 6 Old lids have solid tops. You cannot see up into the figures applied to old lids. Since new lids and figures are cast together as one piece, the hollow bodies of the figures open directly into the tops of the lids.