Folio Friday – September

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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Pokémon and The Minton Archive

We recently had a little bit of fun on social media thanks to the Pokémon GO craze currently engulfing the world (bear with us!). Linking creatures found in Minton artwork to specific Pokémon characters – and coining the term “PokéMinton” in the process – might seem a little flippant, but it actually gave us the opportunity to share images of the Japanese-inspired artworks produced for Minton by Christopher Dresser for the very first time.
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Registered Design No. 238436

As we work towards another update of highlighted records we have to stop and share a rather amazing coincidence we found inside a large bundle of Patent Office material from the 1800s. Leafing through the documents we came across a Registration of Design for a shape which looked strangely familiar…
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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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A Kaleidoscope of Butterflies

With a collective name as descriptive as “kaleidoscope” it’s easy to picture a group of butterflies lazily floating above a sun-dappled meadow or dancing in the cool shade by a burbling stream (forgive us – we’re making up for the lack of a real summer outside by imagining one here). However, a kaleidoscope of butterflies also perfectly describes the contents of SD 1705/MS1887, a set of beautiful painted butterfly designs from Minton’s Art & Design folios. But are these designs modelled after real butterflies, and if so what species are represented?
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Catalogue Updates: Highlights & Images

It’s that time again! We’ve just updated the website’s themed searches with another 27 new highlighted records and 180 associated images. We’ve also taken the opportunity to make sure the online catalogue is as up-to-date as possible, refreshing a further 289 records which have been altered or added to since the full catalogue was uploaded to the site in December 2015. We hope you enjoy the update and remember to look out for more in the future!

The Hizen Vase, Part 2: The Puzzle

In our last post we talked about the discovery of the intriguing “Hizen Vase” folio and the illustrations contained within it, proposing a theory that the shapes of these illustrations were designed to fit together in an overlapping design. With the entire folio digitised and with our puzzling hats on it’s time to put this theory to the test…
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The Hizen Vase, Part 1: Discovery

The Minton company records here on the site are part of the archive collection of Royal Doulton plc – a collection which preserves the records of more than twenty companies in total. Behind the scenes we’ve been arranging and fitting this entire archive on our shelves, a process which can throw up surprises… and the odd mystery too.
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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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Some Particularly Useful Records

Our latest update contains some reference documents, including identification aids for Minton date marks which the company produced and more than one short history of the Minton company and family. We fully digitised these documents so you can reference them directly from the website – let’s run through them…
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