If you’re a lover of Majolica, you’ll no doubt have come across the distinctive cabbage and palm leaf ceramics made by the Bordallo Pinheiro works at Caldas da Rainha, Portugal. My personal collection includes a number of these kitsch fruit and veg dishes and I was thrilled to be asked recently by Interior Stylist, Marisa Daly, to loan this little Cabbage Leaf Bowl to Homes & Antiques Magazine for a feature on fruit and vegetable-inspired ceramics for their new October edition.
Part of a tradition for making life-like vegetable and leaf table wares that began in the great porcelain factories of 18th century England, faience pottery is still being made at the Portuguese works first established by Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro in 1885. Raphael, the son of a prominent Portuguese artist, studied Fine Art and became an internationally renowned political illustrator as well as the creator of some important large and intricate ceramic sculptures, however he is probably remembered more for these fun smaller pieces of tin-glazed earthenware which are still manufactured at Caldas da Rainha and remain firm favourites with collectors.
My little Cabbage Bowl unfortunately didn’t make the finished article but I think I can spy it on the table in one of the preparatory shots just inside the cover of the magazine and I was inspired to create this blog to ensure it finally did get its fifteen minutes of fame.
Below is a selection of other Majolica vegetable and leaf dishes that I currently have for sale.
Click on the thumbnail pictures to find out about each piece and visit the Vintage on Etsy page in the menu above to see more. And, as always if there’s a piece of beautiful or useful china you’d particularly like me to look out for please let me know via the contact page.