This is a stunning piece of majolica. The vase has a relief of butterflies, vines, flowers and birds. The background is cobalt with gold banding on the top and bottom. The inside of the vase is a brilliant turquoise. This vase is marked JH for the Holdcroft company started by Joseph Holdcroft.
Majolica is a pottery that was started in England by the Minton Company, 1851. The pottery quickly became popular and several other companies popped up throughout the UK and other countries. Majolica was made until about 1900. Due to the lead in the glaze, majolica has remained bright and vibrant. J. Holdcroft is a smaller majolica company with very specialized pieces. Holdcroft is rare and highly collectable.
13″ high x 7″ diameter