COLLECTING GUIDES Majolica
FLIGHTS of FANCY
An exhibition of oncemaligned majolica is making its way to the UK next year, showcasing a style so whimsical and over the top it is proving a hit with today’s collectors
For years majolica has been viewed as the ultimate in Victorian poor taste. So much so that the museums and galleries of the mid-20th century de-accessioned it citing reasons of sheer ‘bad’ design. How times have changed. With minimalism fast giving way to maximalism, combined with a postpandemic thirst for the quirky and fun
– majolica is back on the agenda. One of the biggest exhibitions of the style opens in Baltimore next month with a 350-piece extravaganza making its way this side of the pond next year. Extraordinary in its scope,
the style reflected the diverse interests of the day: zoology,
botany, ornithology, the Far East and even gastronomy.
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