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The word majolica harkens back to the Middle Ages, when the Moors of Spain were Europe’s leading potters, using tin-glazing to make their wares non-porous. Their goods were shipped to Italy via Majorca where they were highly prized. Later, the Italians mastered the techniques themselves and exported majolica throughout Europe. In the Victorian era in the late 1800s, majolica was reinvented as a form of expression for the fashionable art nouveau style. Natural, free flowing forms, shapes and textures went into everyday items, such as plates and pitchers and ceramics of all sorts. You can find those vintage majolica pieces in our Vintage ceramics department.
Majolica has since come and gone and come back into style since then. You can find classic majolica pieces, made post WWII, in our classic majolica department. They make whimsical gifts that are also practical. A cheerful piece of majolica can brighten up your kitchen or coffee table. Step inside Something Special, where you'll find some great things to add to your collection.