Portuguese Palissy Style Majolica Crab Plate

(Portugal, 20th Century)

Portuguese Palissy Style Majolica Crab Plate


Highly collectible Palissy style majolica crab plate. Circa early 1900s. Portuguese majolica trompe-l'oeil platter features a vibrant red crab on a textured and mottled ground of sand, mussels, seaweed and shells. Impressed marks on the reverse.


Origin Portugal
Category Majolica
CircaEarly 1900s
Period 20th Century
Style Unspecified

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"Bernard Palissy, the most innovative and original ceramist of the French Renaissance created a genre of rustic ceramic ware reproducing three-dimensional still lifes. This pottery, known as palissy ware, is characterized by colorful majolica (tin) glazes and includes high relief surface decoration. Palissy copied things like the fish, frogs, lizards, floral and fauna found in or near Paris. He patterned the fish after those found in the Seine River and the fossil shells are easily recognized as the tertiary shells of the Paris basin. These "pièces rustiques" as Palissy himself called them were made for decorative purposes only. They merely served as pièces de parade to be admired. Palissy's work influenced a school of artists that flourished in France and the Portuguese town of Caldas da Rainha, near Lisbon, between 1853 and 1920. Extensive collections of palissy ware can be found in the Louvre and the Musée de Cluny in Paris."