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Ceramic garniture clock painted dark blue, pink, and green with a fluted base with mermen and a goddess standing with a cherub on the top.
Set (.1-.3) used in Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: The Minton pottery's art director, French immigrant Léon Arnoux (1816-1902), is credited with inventing a new type of ceramic, introduced to the market in 1851. Called majolica after the Renaissance maiolica pottery that inspired it, Minton's new ceramic was a runaway success. Majolica is characterized by elaborately shaped ceramic forms glazed in a new palette of lustrous bright colors.This set was made in 1870 at the very height of majolica's popularity. It was purchased by Ogden Codman, Sr., and was part of a redecorating scheme designed to update and essentially Victorianize his colonial-era home in Lincoln, Massachusetts.
Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.),
Ball, Black & Co. (Clockmaker)
Stoke-on-Trent, England, Staffordshire; New York, NY, USA
22 1/2 x 16 x 10 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
New York state (United States)