George Jones Majolica
George Jones Majolica is a type of pottery produced by the British-based ceramic manufacturer George Jones & Sons Ltd.
History & Description
George Jones was a ceramic designer and artist that had once worked for Minton’s Ltd, one of Stoke-on-Trent’s leading ceramic manufacturers. In 1861, Jones established his own company and set up his own factory in Hope Street in the pottery town of Hanley.
Jones manufactured Majolica ware from around 1867 and are characterised by charismatic and often whimsical depictions of animals, such as camels, lions, giraffes and exotic birds. The products are often finished in brilliant, blue glazes and are expertly painted by hand. Today, these products are particularly desirable collectors’ items.
Guide for collectors
Collectors should look out for the strawberry Majolica dishes that were manufactured in the late-nineteenth century. These items are quintessentially English and have remained very popular with collectors today – many of whom are American. Strawberry dishes that have preserved both cups for cream and sugar and their sugar spoons are highly sought after.
The majority of Jones’ pieces are marked with an impressed or printed GJ monogram. Confusingly, some examples from 1873 bear the stamp Crescent & Sons, but are universally recognised by collectors as George Jones’ pieces.
Notable auction sales
On March 13th 2001 at Christie’s in New York, a Gondolier teapot and cover, dated 1876, realised a price of $32,900.
On October 29th 2005 at Majolica Auctions in Wolcottville in Indiana, a rare game dish depicting a quail and its nest realised a price of $50,000.
On October 30th 2010 at Strawser Auction Group in Wolcottville, Indiana, a rare table centre depicting two buffalo from Jones’ Continental Series realised a price of $28,000.
On March 27th 2010 at Majolica Auctions, a rare table centre depicting two lions from Jones’ Continental Series realised a price of $26,000.
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