44. [MAJOLICA]. Portrait plaques. 2 items, a matched pair of bas-relief bust portraits of Captain Cook, both entitled: Cook. Hand-painted, ceramic majolica. Each measures approximately 10 x 12 cm (4 x 4-3/4 inches). Tip of one pendant slightly nicked. Other portrait a little crazed and hairline cracked. Provenance: Sir Maurice Holmes.
Undated (ca. 1810?). Brightly colored, primitively depicted bust images of Cook intended for popular consumption and display. Majolica, which dates to the thirteenth century, became enormously popular in the Victorian era, when it was given its present name, although the form had been in existence before that time. In England it was brought to its height after 1835. (2 artifacts) ($200-400)
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