Truth, Beauty, Power: Pairing Up

“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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Pairing Up, Part 8 – Magnificent Majolica

We’ve been back in the Art & Design folios as of late (these artworks won’t digitise themselves after all!) and, as is so often the case with the Minton Archive, it wasn’t long before we started to spot some familiar-looking designs. Time, then, to use this latest collection of connections to update our Pairing Up series once again… Continue reading…

Pairing Up, Part 7: Smith, Marks, & Wise

Last time round we picked out a number of designs from the “Extra Sheet” of Tile Catalogue SD 1705/MS1367 and it’s from that page that we begin our matchmaking adventure today. This time round, however, we’re concentrating on the work of named artists – resident or freelance – who’s designs appear throughout the volume.
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Pairing Up, Part 5: Artwork and Process (and a Patent too)

In the first update to our original Pairing Up series we looked at a number of new “Works in Progress” connections, finishing up with an example that proved digital alignment isn’t always possible on the pairings we find, regardless of how small the differences might at first seem. A theme that carries over to our next connection too…
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Pairing Up, Part 4: Works in Progress

Part 4? Yes! Just like our Hizen Vase post a few weeks ago we’re jumping back into an old series to update you with our latest discoveries from within the Archive. Since we published our first three Pairing Up posts back in April (Pt.1, Pt.2, Pt.3) we’ve stumbled across even more connections between artworks and, as before, into other areas of the Minton company catalogue too.
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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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Pairing Up, Part 2: Works in Progress

In the first of our three part series on “pairing up” we looked at original artworks found within the Art & Design folios and their matching transfer pulls located elsewhere in the collection – a snapshot of those designs as they moved through the production process. For our second post we wanted to explore this theme a little further, highlighting more of the related items which help us to trace that journey. This time we won’t even have to leave the Art & Design folios, though that does mean no virtual trips to the Devonshire coast – sorry!
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Pairing Up, Part 1: Inspiration, Artwork, and Process

Having a good memory is of great benefit when navigating Minton’s Art & Design folios – many times we’ve come across pieces of artwork that are visually very similar to other material we’ve seen before. Often it’s a case of skipping back through the current folio to find that matching pencil sketch or series of designs in the same style, but on occasion it’s meant dredging our long-term memories to remind ourselves of folios we’ve looked at days or weeks before. In this first post of a three part series we wanted to show how connections like this can even stretch beyond the boundaries of the Art & Design folios altogether…
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