Majolica is a kind of earthenware made in imitation of Italian maiolica, especially in England during the 19th century. The lead glazes are bright and cheerful, lending themselves to the perfect accessory for residential interiors. Herbert Minton’s creative 3-dimensional designs contrasted the drab houseware widely used in middle-class homes at the time. The fact that it was also affordable made this earthenware all the more appealing. Other countries followed suit, however, the English majolica remains the most collectable.