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Post by jords80 August 26th 2015, 2:25 pm

Could anyone give a rough date of this jug. Around 20cm high. I thought it might be Pesaro but not sure of date...thanks

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Post by NaomiM August 26th 2015, 9:18 pm

Italian maiolica. Deruta I think, but Denby may know better.
May not be very old - Cantigalli were still making similar ones post war, but the lack of a mark might point to a 19thC piece but I suspect it's late 20thC

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Post by denbydump August 26th 2015, 9:38 pm

Hmmm I'm no expert on italian Faience Naomi! Well it's not French anyway,
Not quite Catagalli style, Deruta would be a good bet, Not sure why it's not marked.
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Post by Mordeep August 26th 2015, 10:34 pm

Well it is Deruta in style, for those reading this confused Deruta is a place in Italy that houses many potters and is famous for its output of classical designs like the one posted here. The quality of art work on this example is pretty low though (sorry to say that).

Most unmarked Italian pottery can be dated by the quality of painting. The very earliest items show visible signs of being around a long time even if the art work is basic and can date several hundred years back.

Most recently the height of quality was achieved between 1880-1930 with some amazing very detailed pottery items being produced. This stuff you can tell on sight. The detail is stunning with tiny brush work only quality artists could produce.

Then I am sorry to say it gets worse. The newer it is the worse it looks in many examples. Think the low point was the 1990's but it could still be happening. This pottery is quickly painted in a style echoing previous glories but with no detail or skill. These are not marked because they are tourist items designed to be sold at very low cost. They have almost no value at the moment. You can still buy quality but its price reflects the time it takes to paint as you would expect. Think yours is closer to the newer stuff than the older.

To give you an idea of what I am talking about when I mean amazing. This is late 19th century Cantagalli dish. It is not the best of its type. This was a normal hand painted item! It shows how good Italian pottery was for a time.  

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