The “Ship Beautiful”

106 years ago today the Cunard Steamship Company placed their order for RMS Aquitania, the “Ship Beautiful”. In service from May 1914 she earned her nickname for her luxurious interiors and went on to be one of the most long-lived 20th century liners, finally retiring in 1950. But why mention her here on the blog?
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Folio Friday – December

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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Springback Bindings – the Clue’s in the Name!

Hi everyone, Minton project conservator Jess here! Last time I was on the blog, I introduced myself and the conservation work I’m carrying out this year on some chosen items from The Minton Archive. In that post, I also mentioned springback bindings – and this time, I want to tell you a little more about this incredibly popular bookbinding structure that can be found in abundance in many archives and collections, especially here in the UK.
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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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Folio Friday – November

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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Autumn Colour

Autumn is in full swing here in the UK and the trees are exploding with colour, brightening up even the dullest of days. It’s a palette of Light Golden Browns, Euston Yellows, and Celadon 20 parts white… wouldn’t you agree? Continue reading…

Faces from the Folios

During our recent “Anniversary Update” push we chose to digitise a number of illustrations from SD 1705/MS1761, an Art & Design folio full of pencil-drawn portraits by H.W. Foster. Bowled over by the quality of the illustrations we uncovered we were faced with a bit of a conundrum: the size of each design made the digitisation process long and involved, but we really wanted to share more than two or three representative examples with you.
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The Hizen Vase, Part 3: It Exists!

Back in July we published a two-part series of blog posts on the discovery and the contents of a folio labelled “Hizen Vase”. We pieced as much of the puzzle back together as we could – quite literally in the case of the overlapping illustrations! – but we weren’t able to find out if the vase ever entered production. Imagine our excitement, then, when we received information and photographs confirming that a production Hizen Vase really does exist!
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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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