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This new majolica tray features nibbling rabbits surrounded by tomato vines and stalks of celery with heads of lettuce for a border. Designs are molded in high relief; entire piece in a medium forest green. Generally well made with good mold detail and a fully glazed back side. These once were made in Portugal; marked Zrike-Portugal. Retail price once was around. $22.00. No other new pieces known in this pattern. French, Portugal, Majolica Marks, Gien Faience, H Boulinger, Poterie Caffin, Sarraguemines Pottery, Saint Clement, Bourgeois, Page & Co.
Whoever thought up this reproduction was very creative. It is a 12 x 18 bucket-like shape with molded handles and decorated with a large full color transfer. The label itself, "Pure Milk", tells you is not a genuine country antique.
Specific copies of American and European majolica has been reproduced in China since the mid-1990s. Recently two previously unreported examples of new majolica surfaced in the form of humidors with figures of young black men.
This 6 high porcelain skull stein is currently being offered by a gift importer. A description says it is made from an original mold. Its handle is a figural human bone; several of the teeth are gold colored; it has an inlaid lid.
At least one shape of Roseville La Rose pottery is currently being reproduced. It is the 9 handled vase shown above with a RV mark on the base (Fig. 3). This shape copies the original La Rose catalog shape 242.
This new majolica pitcher is quite convincing at first glance. It has pink glazed interior and cobalt blue exterior. The ivy pattern is similar to authentic Victorian designs. It measures 5 high; no permanent mark; retail $18.
Reproduction majolica marked on the base with butterflies and flowers was sold in the mid 1990s. It was first reported in the New England states in 1994. Sam Pennington, who was at the time the publisher of Maine Antique Digest (MAD), obtained the sample (Fig. 1) after hearing complaints from dealers and collectors. Note the unusual impressed markings of butterflies and flowers (Fig. 2). These markings have no known old counterpart.
Old Sleepy Eye collectibles are primarily premiums, advertising items and promotional pieces from the Sleepy Eye Milling Company of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. The town's name and the company's distinctive trademark were taken from a Sioux Indian Chief, Old Sleepy Eye. Founded in 1883, the company continued in operation till 1921. One of their best known premiums is a series of blue and white pottery pitchers.
A new vase like the one shown below was recently offered as vintage Weller Pottery in an online auction.
Flow Blue Waldorf and Iris patterns reproduced. Burslem, England, Royal Doulton, Arthur J. Wilkinson, W & E Corn, Mason's and Cauldon. Dunn Bennett. Stanley Pottery.