Vintage Hand-Painted Blue & White Majolica Ginger Jar with Bluebird of Happiness
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14.75H x 7.50W x 7.50D
Could you use a bluebird of happiness in your life? This vintage hand-painted Majolica ginger jar dates to the 1950s and is signed by the important ceramics manufacturer, Bequet. Long believed to represent cheerfulness, happiness, good health, and prosperity, the bluebird figures prominently in a European fairy tale where King Charming becomes a bluebird to help a princess. This pretty blue and white bird is shown in flight surrounded by flowers and indeed, is sure to make you happy if you bring him home to roost!
The word ceramic originates from the ancient Greek word keramikos, meaning potter's clay. The practice of making ceramics has been in existence for nearly 30,000 years. Clay, the primary ingredient for any ceramic, is primarily made of aluminum silicate, which is a malleable soil from crumbling rocks. Ceramics can be grouped according to the type of clay used, the temperature at which the clay is fired, and the duration of the firing.
In overall good condition. Antique and vintage items by their very nature show normal wear to finish and miscellaneous scratches, nicks, and dings due to age and use. As we define 'good condition' relative to the stated age of the piece, we would expect to see 'character marks' consistent with that age and could include nicks or dings to a wooden, metal, enamel, or chalkware object, wear to a painted surface, speckling on a mirror, crazing, wear to gilding, or manufacturing glaze skips in ceramic finish, wear to a label, and some original decorative trim may be missing. If ceramic/porcelain restoration has been done, it is of museum-quality so that it is hardly discernible and would be specifically mentioned in the listing. 'Good condition' could include very small fleabite chips or very small hairline cracks in any glass, ceramic, or marble item, but these would be specifically mentioned in the listing.
Shows wear to the gilded finish due to age and use.
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In 1926, Hubert Bequet began working at the Belgian ceramics manufacturer Auguste Mouzin et Cie (AMC), later renamed La Faencerie de Wasmuel, which operated from 1878 to 1951 in the southwest coal-mining region of Belgium (the Borinage). AMC produced fine quality majolica pieces and in 1910 began mass production of ceramic mantle clocks.
Bequet took the lessons he had learned at AMC and opened his own ceramics production house in 1934 in Quaregnon. The factory reached the pinnacle of success in 1963 with 150 workers, but eventually closed its doors in April 1985. Bequet was known for colorful, creative high quality ceramic pieces, which were mass produced, often with gold rims and decoration. Early pieces were either unsigned or imprinted with Belgium and a model number. Later pieces are marked with Made In Belgium H. Bequet Quaregnon.
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- Width: 7.5 inches
- Height: 14.75 inches
- Depth: 0 inch
- Weight: 3.58 pounds
- Used - Good. See description for more details.