This handsome Minton majolica piece features three brown haired cupid putti holding a basket on their backs. Circa 1880.
This compote has a very unique and artistic look. The stem of the bowl is shaped with foliage of cattails, also called bull rushes, a reed common in England marshes. The predominant colors are green, teal blue ochre and cream. The octagonal base shape has variation in stains and glazes that blend well with each other each other.
Size: The bowl is about 11" wide and overall height is about 11.5".
Condition: It is in very good condition. There are no broken pieces that we notice. Look carefully at photos. Some crazing on underside.
This mythological putti centerpiece with artistic detailing represents some of the finest of Minton Majolica.
Most probably designed and modelled by Hughes Protât, one of the most highly regarded majolica artists at Minton. Protat also worked as designer and wood carver for a leading British furniture. In 1863, he established his own design studio in Westminster, where he supplied models to other pottery manufacturers including Wedgwood.
The piece bears makers marks for the Minton pottery. Bears a pattern number, ''784''. Marks include a factory date cipher for the year 1874.
America's interest in Majolica took off after the 1876 Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, where English firms showed superior wares. Stoke-on-Trent potter Herbert Minton first showed it to great acclaim at the Crystal Palace Exhibition.