“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.
The Majolica Box contains a number of designs, such as one highlighted below, where colours are represented by, or enhanced with, references or annotations. On this particular artwork you’ll also find more detailed additions, some of which use these special numbers as a base from which specific shades are refined still further.
Whenever majolica artworks feature an inscribed “G” number – as with the three designs highlighted in this post – it’s possible to find out more about them by checking their entries in the 1871 Art Catalogue. It’s thanks to this volume that we know how this extra information was to be used and, as our post title references, by whom.
3 Water Colour drawings for colouring by the women, 105. No. 983 Gaselier; 106. No. 1326 Vase; 107. No. 616 Ewer & stand, G105 to G107
4 Water Colour drawings, Coloured for the women to work from, G110 [to] G113