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The fish's wide, opened mouth, forms the spout to the teapot.
It is on the lips of the fish that we can find the only flaw I'm aware of. Barely noticeable is a scrape on his upper lip. I call it a scrape, because it is bigger than a chip, but not deep like most chips. It does not detract from the teapot's character; it actually kind of blends in with the color of the clay!
Take a look at photo #5 to see what I mean.
There is no maker's mark on the bottom that I'm able to identify. All I can find are 3 scribbles.
But, it is not uncommon for Majolica pieces to have no marks. This guy is about 9 1/2 inches in length from handle to lips. It is approximately 7 1/2 inches tall. It is quite heavy, but, I will be shipping it Priority Mail (if it fits it ships), so the cost will be as reasonable as I can make it.
Majolica artists often looked to nature for inspiration. Woodland animals, birds, insects, fruits and richly colored plants and trees can all be seen as decorative elements of this type of earthenware.
Majolica – also spelled Maiolica – is prepared by tin-glazing earthenware and then, firing it a second time.
After the first firing, the bisque is dipped into a bath of fast drying liquid glaze. When dry, the glazed piece is ready to be hand painted. A final firing at 1690° Fahrenheit will make the glaze interact with the metal oxides used by the painter to create the deep and brilliant translucent colors specific to majolica.
Nowadays, in English the word Majolica is used to refer to ceramic ware in the stylistic tradition of the Italian Renaissance.
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