Catalogue Updates: Highlights & Images

Just a quick post to say we’ve once again updated the website’s themed searches with another 13 highlighted records and 122 related images. We’ll be picking out some particularly useful records from this latest batch in future posts, so stay tuned for those (why not subscribe to the blog?). In the meantime, enjoy the update!

Eliza Smallwood: Potters Paintress, Wife, and Mother

In our last post we brought together Eliza Smallwood’s indenture of apprenticeship and the Register of Apprentices volume in which her details can also be found. One of the great things about the register is that it contains enough detail to make census searches possible. Through these searches we can find out even more about Eliza, and the same process could reveal all sorts of information about the other 1,302 apprentices listed in the register.
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Folio Friday – June

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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Eliza Smallwood, China Enameller

We’ve mentioned Eliza Smallwood’s indenture of apprenticeship once before on the blog, citing it as an example of something we’d have loved to have included in our Welcome Home! display if we’d had a little more room in our display cases. It’s a fascinating document and something we’ve wanted to cover in more detail for a while.
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Your Name in Flowers

At least if your name is… no, we won’t give it away just yet! Interwoven letters like this are often seen in Crest Books as monograms, where they represent initials of a particular person or organisation. This particular example is a little different as it was found within the Art & Design folios and because the letters form a name – but can you see past the beautifully-drawn flowers and decipher it?
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Folio Friday – May

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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The Dizzy Heights of the Minton Archive

If all the Minton company pattern books were stacked on top of each other, how tall would the resulting tower be? It’s a slightly odd question admittedly – and not an exercise we’ll be trying out for real! – but by measuring the space these volumes occupy we can create a virtual tower of pattern books… and of the other major elements which make up the Minton portion of The Minton Archive as well.
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Catalogue Updates: Highlights & Images

One again we’ve refreshed the website’s themed searches with a new batch of updated records from the Minton company catalogue. We now have over 500 images spread across our highlighted records! As before, we hope you enjoy the latest update and keep your eyes peeled for more in the future.

Quantity (and Quality)

A recurring theme on the blog so far has been the profusion of material within The Minton Archive. This has never been more apparent than when digitising items from the Art & Design folios – choosing a dozen representative pieces of artwork from folios containing 100, 200 or even 500 items has been an almost impossible task!
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Pairing Up, Part 3: Possibilities

In the first two parts of our “pairing up” series we’ve been quite definite about how each item is connected to the other; it’s quite easy to be that way when we can show tracings neatly overlaying artworks! The longer you spend within Minton’s Art & Design folios however, the more you start to see all sorts of connections – nowhere near as concrete as our previous examples (and just maybe the result of spending too much time amongst the artwork) but possibilities nonetheless. These are what we wanted to explore in our final post.
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