Compotes (also known as comports), footed bowls and cake stands are among the most common majolica items and were produced in sizeable numbers by both major and lesser manufacturers. They were used to serve fruit, nuts, cakes and other sweets at teatime and dinner. A pedestal of variable height supports either a plate or bowl element suitable for what is to be served. The pedestal may take the form of the upper portion although putti, birds and dolphins are commonly seen elements. Among the most collectible compotes are a series by George Jones, each with a pedestal formed from a branching oak tree and the undersurface of the bowl decorated with leaves and acorns. The bases are adorned with finely modeled animals including a stag, bison, hunting dog, fox, lion and a most rare giraffe. Many of the common designs of majolica plates were adapted as compotes and cake stands and may have been sold together as dessert services.
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