This vintage Portuguese green majolica serving tray came to me via an estate collection of cabbage leaf pieces, including two tureens of medium-size, many plates, a large bowl, and this divided tray. Each has a different hallmark, and each is likely from the 1950s to 1970s, although they could be older. About Portuguese majolica: "Portugal has been a hub for ceramic production for centuries. Indeed, much of the finer dinnerware product currently available in the United States (as well as the more durable stuff) originates in Portugal. The lack of awareness of the quality of Portuguese wares is because the majority of imported product is being made for other brand names- not to mention the continued Anglo/Francocentric status of the American market." Portuguese majolica is of a style called "Palissy," named after Frenchman Bernard Palissy who introduced in the 1500s the glaze used in much or Portugal's ceramics. But the cabbage theme, common in Portugal, was introduced by cartoonist and ceramicist (I know, a unique combination of careers) Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro, whose whimsical cartoons influenced the themes of nature in his ceramics factory. This piece that I am offering was influenced by Bordallo Pinheiro and are in that style but were made by other Portuguese ceramics workshops.
Measures about 12-1/4" across with each small "leaf" coming up to about 2" tall at the tallest point, and the "stem" in the middle closer to 3-3/4" tall. Weighs just under two pounds. May be some crazing from age. Otherwise in quite good vintage condition with no chips nor cracks.
Gorgeous green color for the Old World home.
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