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Subject:Swan Pitcher
Posted By: Daniel Drabek Fri, Jul 25, 2008 IP:

I picked up this large pitcher at the flea market to use as a vase to hold flowers. I thought it might possibly be some kind of majolica ware. I paid only a few dollars for it, but it looked like it had some age. There is no mark on the bottom.
But when I tried to clean off the dirt, I found that the "dirt" is actually under the glaze. Which makes me pretty sure that this pitcher is a newly made imitation. Possibly Asian. Does anyone recognize this kind of ware?


Subject:Re: Swan Pitcher
Posted By: Theresa Fri, Mar 19, 2010

I have a very, very similar pitcher I would love to find out more about, but can't seem to find anything either. Mine has markings on the bottom, and is colored very differently. I saw one just like yours at an up-scale antique store, and I believe they wanted $125 for it. Mine has two marks that I can't find anywhere - it might be asian, but it might be something else. Anyone who knows anything, please let me know - I'd love to learn more. Thanks!

Subject:Re: Swan Pitcher
Posted By: Cal Sun, Mar 21, 2010

The swan pitcher is British or possibly USA, not Asian art.

Consult web site about ceramic "collectibles".

Good luck,

Subject:Re: Swan Pitcher
Posted By: Robert Mon, Jul 28, 2008


Your Majolica-style pitcher has a sort of Japanese sense of humor about it and a little Art Deco flavor too. I would guess that it's pre-War, 1930's, maybe early 1950's at the latest. It is more likely that it was made in the West than Asia, in my opinion. I think the dirt under the glaze you referred to is staining from use, as this type of pottery is low fired, hence porous. I have an earlier, probably English, Majolica dish with very strong Japanese influence (pic attached).

Subject:Re: Swan Pitcher
Posted By: Daniel Drabek Tue, Jul 29, 2008

Hi Robert,

Thanks for your reply. You may be right on all counts. I have seen so many clever Chinese imitation "antiques" in recent years that I thought this might be one of them, thought I haven't seen another one quite like it before. It is rather humorous as you indicated, which is something I have seen before in Majolica ware. i.e. the following bizarre Portugese majolica plate:

Subject:Re: Swan Pitcher
Posted By: Cal Wed, Jul 30, 2008

Your pitcher continue tradition English molded pottery - porcelain - stoneware began 19th century. Some by Wedgwood 'Jasper ware' had colored clay parts, imitated USA.

Staffordshire potters also made humorous pieces with animals, drinking, 'Toby Jugs', political, lovers.

Colors on yours by painted glaze not by colored clay. Would guess middle 20th century.

Here is late 19th century molded small pitcher of typical type.

Good luck,

Subject:Re: Swan Pitcher
Posted By: Daniel Drabek Thu, Jul 31, 2008

Thanks Cal.


Subject:Re: Swan Pitcher
Posted By: Susan Petersdorf Fri, Sep 05, 2008

I just found one these in my Mother's Estate myself...Did you ever find out what it's worth?? Just curious.

Subject:Re: Swan Pitcher
Posted By: Meredith Swan Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Just brought an identical pitcher to the Antiques Roadshow in Newport RI. I was told it was made in Staffordshire, probably in 1910 or so. It is a replica of one made in the 1850's. It is part of a set that would have sat in a bedroom for washing up. The other piece was a bowl. Value around $100. | Associations | Articles | Exhibitions | Galleries |