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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Majolica in the Media: Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Did anyone catch the Andy Serkis interview on the "Late Show with Stephen Colbert?"

Andy, who is best known for being the actor behind such digital motion capture performances as Caesar in the "Planet of the Apes" series and Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings," was wearing a shirt with an applique that bore a striking resemblance to a Minton majolica oyster plate on the sleeve!

Andy Serkis, left
There was no acknowledgment of the peculiar ornament so I haven't the slightest idea why it was on the sleeve. There was nothing else even vaguely similar on the rest of the shirt. My guess is that whoever created the shirt saw an oyster plate and decided to create a patch similar to it. In reality, it was probably not meant to represent a real Minton oyster plate, just a daisy-like ornament but, you never know! The oyster plate inspiration was obvious

Minton oyster plate
In any case, the patch caught my eye and I was curious if anyone else made the association. It was lots of fun seeing it from the perspective of a collector.

1 comment:

  1. Boy, you have sharp eyes! I saw the interview but never looked at his shirt. Well done! I sold one of those a month ago!