Truth, Beauty, Power: Folio No. 1

Introducing “Truth, Beauty, Power”, a new series where we can share the wonderful details found within the Archive’s Christopher Dresser artworks with you. Every other month we’ll highlight one or more artworks from the Dresser Portfolio as detailed images, galleries, or interactive comparisons. We hope you enjoy them! You can also find out more about Dresser and his relationship with the company in our In Depth introduction to the series.
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The Horrors of Pressure-Sensitive Tape!

Hi everyone, it’s Minton Conservator Jess Hyslop again, here to relate to you a terrifying tale… A story so spine-chilling that it will haunt your waking hours and enter into your nightmares… A tale of… Wait for it…
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Folio Friday – August

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you. On the first Friday of every month we pick out a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlight it here on the blog. Enjoy!
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Attention Twitter Users – To The Polls!

A quick heads-up if you’re a Twitter user – we’ve just tweeted a couple of polls to find out which apprentice register names you like the best. They’re running for the next 7 days so check them out @MintonArchive.

08/08/2017 Update: Thanks to everyone who voted – the polls have closed and we can now reveal your favourite apprentice register names are… Hephzibah Churchman and Theophilus Broadgate. Excellent choices!

Harriet Henshall of Hulme St., Hartshill

Yes, we’re back with more wonderful names from Eliza’s Register (SD 1705/MS591), this time taken from our volunteer @PamWoolliscroft‘s work on the second half of the volume. This also means that the bulk of the indexing work is now complete and, after some tweaking and checking, we’re hoping to make the results for this and other volumes available online. We also have another fantastic Eliza-related story to share with you soon too…
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Pairing Up, Remastered

Past entries in our ongoing Pairing Up series have just undergone a refresh which we think makes them well worth revisiting – gone are the static overlays of paired artworks, replaced by interactive frames which allow you to uncover the similarities and differences for yourselves! The wonders of modern technology…
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Folio Friday – July

Folio Friday is an opportunity for us to share some of the amazing artwork found within The Minton Archive’s folios with you. On the first Friday of every month we pick out a special piece of artwork from the Minton company catalogue’s Art & Design section and highlight it here on the blog. Enjoy!
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A Green Parchment Binding

One of the books selected for treatment during the Minton Archive conservation project is this rather handsome green parchment volume (SD1705/MS1583). Dated post-1827, it contains designs for ornaments and shapes, executed in graphite pencil and watercolour wash.
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There’s Gold in Them Thar Pattern Books

As part of a recent Minton research enquiry we’ve been searching through a number of “G” and “H” pattern books – the go-to source for the company’s richly decorated china tableware patterns – to photograph raised gold patterns.
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A Timeline of Tile Companies

Whilst the Minton Archive does contain some tile-related material it’s less than you might think, and for good reason. Encaustic tile manufacture began as part of Minton’s china business but over time the two entities would become distinct and eventually separate completely. Minton and Co. would continue to produce certain types of tile, as seen from records in the Archive, but the rights to produce encaustic and flooring tiles would be fought over by ex-business partners and Minton family members for some time.
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