Minton - (Ceramics, England)

Minton - (Ceramics, England) The Minton factory was founded in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire by Thomas Minton in 1796. Earthenware pottery was made first, but soft-paste porcelain was produced probably as early as 1798. It is said that he was the inventor of the very popular and prolifically produced Willow pattern. In 1817, Minton took his sons into the business and the firm traded as Thomas Minton & Sons. In 1821, Minton began making hard paste porcelain. Porcelain was not produced in any great quantity at Minton in its early years, but about 1825, several Derby artists took employment with the firm and output-and quality-increased. The design of the first porcelain was simple sprigs of flowers, but with the addition of Leon Armoux to the factory, the wares became much richer. Sevres provided a recurring inspiration that extended to the marking of many pieces. These ornate and sometimes enormous wares were always marked to show the quality of the factory. They made majolica, pate-sur-pate, and Parian wares as well. The father died in 1836 and John Boyle entered the firm which then became known as Minton & Boyle until 1845 brought a new partner, Michael Hollins, and a new style. Parian ware was a noted product from about 1845; and Marc-Louis Solon, who had been with Sevres, introduced the celebrated pate-sur pate technique. Minton Hollins & Co. In 1883, the present style of Mintons Ltd was adopted. Art Nouveau was adopted in the 1890's. It is generally agreed that Minton made some of the best porcelain produced in England during the Victorian period. This factory still thrives today and indeed they still produce porcelain of fine quality. Marks: include the letter 'M', the Sevres-like mark, the name 'Minton' impressed or transfer-printed.

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