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Client Spotlight: Vintage Deruta Ceramics

Our customer, Bunny J., in nearby Chapin, SC, sent us a photo of her kitchen decked out in Italian vintage Deruta ceramics from EuroLuxAntiques.com.  Bunny has been a great customer for many years. In the past she’s purchased an armoire, a set of 8 chairs, and lots of vintage majolica and pewter pieces.

Vintage Deruta ceramics in our client's kitchen

I love how Bunny has created a nice sense of balance with her display of ceramics. That large yellow and blue plate is a cheerful focal point in the attractive tile nook. Old hand-painted majolica always adds a welcoming note in a kitchen. While Capodimonte is probably Italy’s most famous porcelain manufacturer, collectors in the know also look out for vintage Deruta majolica.

Vintage Deruta pot

This vintage Deruta pot is a nice example, and it’s one of the antique and vintage ceramics and majolica pieces in our gallery right now. Majolica means a hand-painted earthenware pottery with a tin glaze and it is named for the Spanish island of Majorca. The style spread to Italy, including to the medieval town of Deruta in Umbria. The local clay around Deruta was so good for ceramics that craftsmen were firing up their kilns by the early Middle Ages. They really hit their artistic stride in the 15th and early 16th centuries.

The vintage Deruta pharmacy pot dates to the 1950s, hand-painted with a Renaissance design.  It was found in a European antiques market. We think it would be lovely in a kitchen as a canister for flour, sugar, salt, or spices.

Italian Deruta ceramic fountainI can’t resist showing you this incredible Italian fountain that we have in the gallery too. Deruta ceramics are still being made and although the hand-made fountain is not vintage Deruta it is a beautiful example of the style.

The Deruta fountain shows the Moorish influence of majolica’s Spanish heritage and the doves and flowers are also typical of Italian majolica. The doves are taking a drink from the running water that pours from the spout into the sink below

When I first saw the fountain, I was delighted by how very Italian it is in spirit. How can we see the lemons and grapes on the fountain and not think about living La Dolce Vita?

The fountain looks like a pedestal sink, but really this colorful new hand-painted fountain is meant for a garden, patio, porch or sunroom. It’s more than 6 feet tall – that’s a lot of Italian style! .

The use of blue, orange and yellow are also typical of Deruta majolica. Those sunny Mediterranean colors always bring a smile to my face and they perk up any space.

Thanks to Bunny for inspiring us with the vintage Deruta ceramics in her kitchen! If you have any old (or even new) Deruta majolica, I’d love to hear what you like about it. Tell us in the comments box below.

Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina. Connect with or you can sign up here to receive this blog in your inbox.

The Story of Blue Willow

If you have been antiquing for very long, it is a great possibility you have seen the Willow pattern in your shopping travels. Thomas Minton designed the pattern around 1790 and for more than 200 years, various manufacturers have used this beautiful, storied transferware pattern.

Born in 1765, Thomas Minton was an English potter. He founded Thomas Minton and Sons in Staffordshire, England which grew into a major international ceramic manufacturing company. Willow, commonly called Blue Willow, is an elaborate, picturesque pattern used on pottery, ceramic, and porcelain kitchenware, and is actually based on a story:

Long ago, a Chinese mandarin emperor, Tso Ling, lived under the branches of an apple tree on the right of a bridge in a majestic pagoda. Over this pagoda and bridge drooped the immortalized willow tree, in front of which is seen the graceful form of a fence. Tso Ling had a beautiful daughter, Kwang-se, who was the promised bride of an old, wealthy businessman.

The girl, however, fell in love with Chang, her father’s clerk, and the two eloped. The mandarin chased them in order to have them killed when suddenly, the gods transformed them into a pair of turtledoves that were able to fly away. These turtledoves are seen gazing into each other’s eyes at the top of each piece of Blue Willow pattern pottery.

Below are more samples for beautiful Blue Willow pieces:

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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