Chief among the potteries producing majolica in Trenton, New Jersey was the Eureka Pottery. Constructed in 1883 by Leon Weil, the factory had only a short period of production before being destroyed by fire in 1887.
The two best known Eureka patterns were adaptations of English majolica and inspired by oriental designs. The Bird and Fan pattern features vividly colored birds and prunus blossoms on a pebbled ground. Best known is an ice cream service with a diamond shaped tray and matching fan shaped individual dishes. The Owl and Fan pattern included a tea service and graduated pitchers. Many Eureka pieces were produced in an unusual triangular shape.
When marked, pieces bear an impressed arched ‘EUREKA POTTERY’ over the name ‘TRENTON’.
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