Learn about Minton

Thomas Minton (1765 - 1836) established his pottery at Stoke-on-Trent, styled as Thomas Minton & Sons, in 1793, while in his late twenties, having previously been apprenticed and then worked as an engraver at the Caughley works, where he is credited with the design of the "Willow" and "Blue Dragon" patterns.

After initially making blue printed earthenware and then soft paste porcelain, in the 1820s the company commenced producing bone china, and this became its principal activity.

Thomas Minton died in 1836 and the business was taken over by his son Herbert Minton, and by this time had established a reputation for wares of exceptional quality. The name of the company was changed to Minton & Co.

Many of their designs were classically based and either copied from Sevres designs, or finished from blanks supplied by Sevres.

Production of parian ware figures, a white unglazed statuary porcelain resembling marble, commenced about 1841, and some of the figures were based on sculptures by John Bell, and American Hiram Powers. more...

Learn about Majolica

Majolica is a trade name first used in England by the Minton Pottery, and later by others including Wedgwood, Copeland, George Jones, and in Australia by John Campbell and Bendigo Pottery. A large quantity of majolica was also produced in England and Europe that is unmarked, or was made by minor manufacturers. Majolica is an earthenware pottery decorated with a clear lead glaze and is characterised by vivid colour and a high gloss finish. It was first introduced in England by Minton at the Great Exhibition in London in 1851 as "Palissy ware", named after the inventor, the 16th century French potter Bernard Palissy, (c 1510 - c 1589) and also another type of earthenware coloured by an opaque glaze, which it called "Majolica Ware", the name derived from the Italian maiolica ware. However over time the name "Palissy Ware" was dropped and the wares became known as "Majolica". To add to the confusion, the English pottery A.E. Jones and Sons, of Stoke-on-Trent, used the name "Palissy" for its majolica wares.
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Minton Majolica triple cherub centrepiece bowl depicting three putti holding a flower basket, modelled by Hughes Protat, stamped to the base. Height 30 cm

Minton Majolica spring & summer sweetmeat serving dish depicting two putti carrying a shell, after a model by Albert carrier-Belleuse, on a oval pedestal base, stamped 'Minton'. Condition, good, minor wear to the base. Height 29 cm

Minton Majolica rams head decorated jardiniere with under plate having a tapered body decorated in relief with floral & fruit swags on a spirally fluted turquoise ground, the top edge with an egg & dart pattern in blue, yellow gold & white, the bottom edge

Minton Majolica Oyster plate decorated with five spiralling fish on a brown ground & six turquoise shell form dishes, stamped 'Minton' to the base.

Minton Majolica monkey teapot circa 1870, modelled wearing a Chinese waistcoat clutching a coconut, his head forming the cover, his tail the handle, with impressed marks 'Mintons 1844' to the base. Condition, good, minor wear to the base. Length 23 cm

Minton Majolica life size stork umbrella stick stand standing on one leg atop a rocky mound, an eel clasped in its beak, a frog beneath its foot, the stand formed by tall bullrushes & water-lily pads, shape number 1910. Condition, good to fair, minor profe

Minton Majolica game pie dish the lid relief moulded with a hunted hare, grouse & duck on a bed of ferns, the body decorated with oak leaves onto a basket woven ground, decorated in a predominantly green & brown glaze with turquoise interior, stamped to th

Minton Majolica ewer & under plate in the Renaissance style, having various putti figures, floral motifs & a winged caryatid to the high handle, the base of flared flutes with stylized flower heads, stamped 'Minton 472' to the base, modelled by modeled by

Minton Majolica dolphin fruit stand the top bowl supported by an entwined dolphin. Height 25 cm

Minton Majolica cobalt blue glazed jardiniere on a cobalt blue ground decorated with six lion heads, each over a claw foot base.

Minton Majolica Chinaman teapot moulded as a Chinese gent dressed in a traditional turquoise robe, holding a theatrical mask, with his plaited ponytail forming the handle, stamped 'Mintons 8381' to the base. Condition, good, minor wear to the base. Height

Minton Majolica asparagus design cradle moulded as thirteen asparagus spears on two stands over a rounded recangular plate with a geometric border, each side with a floral medallion. Stamped to the base. Condition, good, minor wear to the base. Height 27 c

Minton Majolica 'Jester' pewter lidded Castle jug with a jesters head finial upon a pewter lined lid, the body decorated with figures dancing around a castle wall, with a twisted branch as a handle. Stamped 'Minton 1231'. Restored lid. Height 34 cm

English antique Majolica Minton style cobalt glaze Chinaman teapot moulded as a Chinese gent dressed in a traditional turquoise robe, holding a theatrical mask, with his plaited ponytail forming the handle.

Mintons oversized Majolica footed jardiniere with bright colourful detail having two applied goat head handles, four cherubs support base & various fruit, model no 990, date mark 1877, designed by Albert Ernest carrier-Belleuse. Condition fair, some restor

Minton Majolica garden stool, c. 1870 with applied polychrome flowers and foliage on blue and green ground, incised Minton mark to base, minor hair line crack to the top. Height 52 cm. Provenance: purchased from Reflections, 1987, private collection, Sydne

Mintons Ltd Majolica jardiniere on stand. Mintons Ltd Majolica Jardiniere on stand the tulip form jardiniere resting on a tapered & splayed column stand, tubeline decorated in green, aqua, & yellow glazes, displaying stylised floral designs. Condition good

Four Minton Majolica Shellform plates condition - one plate multiple chips, signs of wear to all four

Minton 19th century Majolica figure of putto carrying bulrushes, dated 1867. Height 27 cm

Minton 19th century Majolica figural salts of boy & girl set upon trunk form base, dated 1862. Height 19.5 cm

Victorian Minton Majolica ewer. Satyr mounted to column base. Impressed 'Minton 843,' c.1860s. Height 46 cm

Minton majolica tazza, plate and Wedgwood bowl

A majolica jardiniere on stand attributed Minton, circa 1880 the pedestal of bulbous form with moulded blue flowers and green foliage on a yellow ground with conforming jardiniere. 95 cm high.

Minton Majolica asparagus serving tray, c1870. Length 25.5 cm

Minton Majolica 'Jester' Tower jug with pewter hinged lid, height 33.5 cm

Minton Majolica ram's head garden pot c1870, spirally - lobed shaped body, 33 cm high

A pair of late 19th century Minton Majolica jardinieres each of oval form richly decorated with holy leaf berries, satyr mask heads colours of blue, yellow and beige on a turquoise ground, impressed factory mark Minton, shape number 1461.19 cm high, 40 cm

A Minton Majolica figural cane stand modelled by John Henk, of a stork standing on one leg the other tucked into his body, clasping a coiled eel in his beak, standing by bulrushes raised on circular base applied with lotus leaves and a frog by his feet, im

A pair of Minton Majolica spill vases, modelled as a cockerel and hen, probably Minton, modelled by John Henk, both standing by a tub amongst leaves, impressed J. Henk (repairs). Height 27 cm

A Mintons Majolica figure of a cockatoo, realistically modelled perched on a tree stump base, moulded factory mark to base. Height 35. 5 cm

A rare late 19th century Minton Majolica monkey teapot, superbly modelled and painted in yellow, green, cobalt, burgundy etc, the monkey sits clutching the pot, his removable head the lid, his tail the handle. Impressed marks on base underglaze. Note: the

A porcelain Majolica tripod vase. 19th century, attributed to Mintons, the small basket suspended from a tripod branched structure which in turn is bound by a three branched base all entwined with relief floral motifs. N.B. Repair to one corner, some loss

Mid 19th century Minton teapot moulded as a monkey grasping bamboo stem in majolica glazes, impressed mark, chip to back of lid figured as head, and repair to spout, 25 cm. Length

A Minton Majolica bread plate (Lear Factory 1888-1890). Length 30 cm

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