Folio Friday – October

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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Anniversary Update: Wadsworth’s Sketch Books

Three years ago today we launched the Minton Archive website with a selection of newly-digitised records and images; a year later we celebrated our first “anniversary” with a 1000 image update and the year after that we unveiled our browsable volumes. This year, spurred on by our involvement with The Democratic Dish: Mintons Secessionist Ware at Chelsea Space, we’re making seven John Wadsworth sketch books available online…
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The Democratic Dish: Mintons Secessionist Ware

A new exhibition opens today at Chelsea Space, a public exhibiting space sited on the Millbank campus of Chelsea College of Arts, which highlights Léon Victor Solon and John W. Wadsworth’s important work on Minton’s Secessionist range. We’re especially excited to see it open as a small number of Minton Archive items will be on display alongside a fantastic array of Secessionist pieces from the Alessandra and Simon Wilson Collection.
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Truth, Beauty, Power: The Scarab

“Truth, Beauty, Power” is a bimonthly 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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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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Putting Our Heads Together

Recently we received an enquiry which we hoped could be answered with a quick dip into SD 1705/MS1761, the group of large pencil-drawn portraits by H.W. Foster we highlighted in Faces from the Folios. Unfortunately it turned out that we were looking for designs outside the folio’s broken number sequence noted in the catalogue record – no poring over beautiful artworks for us today… tsk! – and so we cast our net wider in search of answers.
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Magnificent Majolica: The Gaselier

“Magnificent Majolica” is a bimonthly series where we focus on the opulence and exuberance of the Archive’s majolica designs. Every other month we’ll highlight one or more artworks from our special Art & Design folio as detailed images, galleries, or interactive comparisons. If you’d like to find out more about majolica and why it is synonymous with Minton you can do so through our In Depth introduction to the series.
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Vases, and Tazze, and Figures! Oh My!

Over the last few weeks we’ve been busy building new online volumes from some of our previous digitisation work and today we’re releasing them into the wild. You can now find five fully-digitised ornaments books in our online catalogue – that’s 1,395 numbered designs on 1,192 flippable pages… if we’ve done our sums correctly! Continue reading…

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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Truth, Beauty, Power: Blue and White

“Truth, Beauty, Power” is a bimonthly 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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