Cream of the Crop


Turn-of-the-Century Milk Pitcher with Majolica-Style Organic, Dripping Glazes (LEO Design)


It's the week between Christmas and the New Year.  Time for relaxing at home; perhaps nice family breakfasts are in order?  If so, consider this little pitcher.  It holds up to 16 ounces of milk, or cream, and is decorated with the heads of a cow (on one side) and a bull (on the other side).  It also would be terrific for serving warm maple syrup for pancakes or waffles.  The jug has a "country primitive" look.  And the dripping, organic glazes—blue, brown and green—is reminiscent of majolica (although true majolica is always uses a tin glaze, which I am not sure this glaze is).  This piece is similar to ceramics from Bennington, Vermont, though I have not been able to attribute it to a specific maker.  I have found this exact pitcher form (with cow's and bull's heads) elsewhere, but they were unattributed, too.  Nevertheless, it is a handsome piece, and useful, too.  Click on the photo above to learn more about it.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248