Rare Antique M.mafra Palissy Ware Majolica Wall Charger Large Dish 12", C1870 For Sale
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FOR sale HERE IS A GORGEOUS ANDRARE PALISSYWARE MAJOLICA DISH, MADE IN CALDAS DA RAINHA BY THE CELEBRATED PORTUGUESE CERAMICIST,MANUEL CIPRIANO GOMES (OTHERWISE KNOWN AS MANUEL MAFRA)AROUND 1870.
MAFRA WAS THE FIRST POTTER TO REVIVE THE POTTERY OF BERNARD PALISSY, WHICH HE IMBUED WITH HIS OWN STYLE. THIS TYPE OF WAREWAS SUBSEQUENTLY COPIED BY OTHER PORTUGUESE POTTERS. PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION AT THE END OF THIS LISTING FOR FURTHER DETAILS.
THE DISH IS IMPRESSED TO THE BASE WITH'M.MAFRA, CALDAS, PORTUGAL' BENEATH A CROWN. THIS MARK WAS IN USE BETWEEN THE EARLY 1860s AND 1887. IT IS ALSO IMPRESSED WITH THE NUMBER 4.
THIS HIGHLY DESIRABLE AND HUGELY IMPRESSIVE CHARGERIS COVERED IN SHREDDED "MOSS" AND IS APPLIED WITHTHREE BEAUTIFULLY MODELLED LIZARDS AND THREE BEETLES.
ITMEASURES12 INCHES IN DIAMETER ANDIS PIERCED THROUGH THE BASE RIM TO FACILITATE WALL-HANGING.
THIS FABULOUS ITEM IS IN OVERALLVERY GOODANTIQUE CONDITION; THERE IS A REPAIR TO THE NECK OF ONE OF THE SMALLER LIZARDS; ONE BEETLE HAS A REPAIR TO THE VERY TIP OF THE HORN AND ONE LEG; THE LARGER BEETLE HAS A REPAIR TO ONE LEG;THEREARE ALSO REPAIRS TO THREE SMALL CHIPS ON THE BASE RIM, UNDERNEATH THE DISH. PLEASE VIEWALL PHOTOS.
THIS ITEM IS TOO LARGE AND HEAVY TO BE SENT BY AIRMAIL, AND WILL HAVE TO BE SENT OVERSEAS BY COURIER. PLEASE EMAIL FOR A PRICE IF YOUR COUNTRY IS NOT SPECIFIED.
THE FOLLOWINGINFORMATION ABOUT MAFRA PALISSY WARE COMES FROM www.palissy.com, and was written by Marshall P. Katz:
"In 1850 a twenty-year-old, part-time waiter and potter from the nearby town of Mafra began work at a local Caldas ceramics factory which three years later he leased with a fellow worker. From the start Gomes adopted the Palissy style, but rendered it in his own interpretation. There are several reasons hypothesized, though none documented, why Gomes chose to emulate Palissy, but the most plausible was his captivation with a French Palissy ware plate purchased in Paris by a collector friend. Further indication of this explanation is the lack of evidence that any of the French and Portuguese ceramists ever knew one another or visited each other's countries, and the absence of written or oral narrative to suggest any form of cooperation or technology transfer between French and Portuguese.
Sometime during the mid-1850s, Gomes adopted the name "Mafra" after his home town and incorporated it in the mark "M. Mafra, Caldas, Portugal." Mafra's adaptations of Palissy ware differed markedly from his 16th-century predecessor. In his hands, the characteristic Palissy theme—life as found in a tranquil pond—gave way to images of a fierce struggle for survival, usually between snake and lizard. This subject became so popular that it was copied by nearly every subsequent 19th-century Caldas ceramist, and became the dominant output of many.
Mafra also innovated a new element into his design—musgo, or moss. As shown in the illustrations, Mafra often placed his creatures on abed of thick green moss, using a more than 2000-year-old Egyptian technique of pressing wet clay through a sieve.
Mafra introduced many technical as well as subject-matter innovations. He greatly enlarged the color palette, was the first to employ high-glaze mottled backgrounds of brown, or brown and green, and refined the jasper2 technique first developed by Bernard Palissy. Mafra is also credited with developing an export trade in ceramics from Caldas, still an important source of the town's revenues.
Mafra's renown did not escape the attention of King Fernando II, who both purchased and commissioned works for the royal collection. He dubbed the Mafra factory "Royal Supplier to the King" and even authorized use of the crown as part of the Mafra mark, probably in the early-to-mid-1860s. The Mafra factory employed 15 at its peak. Manuel Mafra retired in 1887 leaving control to his son, Eduardo, who in turn transferred management to others."
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INTERNATIONAL POSTAGE:I will post worldwide, using International Signed For (Airmail), Airsure or COURIER (for heavier items). I will not post by Surface or unregistered Airmail, please don't ask! I use large bubble and strong boxes to pack. PLEASE NOTE: COURIERED packages of ceramics/glass/ antiques cannot at present be insured for damage.
I use large bubble & new sturdy, double-walled boxes to pack, which may be heavier than normal boxes (and therefore a bit more costly more to ship), but offer a much greater degree of protection for fragile items.
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