Large Minton Majolica Cat Handles Vase
A tall, early vase from the Minton factory, very rare with cat head handles. Decorated with the coloured lead glazes first introduced as ‘Palissy ware’ at the 1851 Great Exhibition. Ochre glaze ground and rim. Grape vine in green. Ribbon in blue. Brown handles. Pink interior. Maker’s marks include an impressed ‘MINTON’ and the Minton factory specific date cipher for the year 1857. The name ‘Palissy ware’ was soon forgotten, the public preferring ‘majolica’ as a name for the whimsical vibrant lead-glaze pottery that had by 1880 become a world-wide decorative and commercial sensation.