A housewarming gift

January 6, 2019

 

Majolica Bowl

C. 1879

 

Majolica wares have a porous earthenware body painted with colored glazes and finished with a thick layer of shiny clear glaze. The term “Majolica” refers to the island of Majorca off the coast of Spain, where colorful, yet unrelated, ceramic wares were produced in the 14th and 15th centuries.

 

This Majolica bowl belonged to the Physick family. According to oral histories, this piece was a housewarming gift when they moved into the home in 1879. It was origi