“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.
We’ve taken inspiration from our longstanding Pairing Up series of posts and from a previous Folio Friday for this particular Magnificent Majolica instalment; the former has lent us its ever-useful interactive comparison slider and the latter – drawn in a similar style – is listed in the same group of “G” numbers in the 1871 Art Catalogue.
The artwork we’ve chosen to highlight, annotated with the reference G116, is of two circular centres and a small tracing sketch glued alongside them. In the image below we’ve digitally overlaid this tracing onto the matching main design so you can see the similarities and differences between the two. Simply move the slider from left to right to add or remove the tracing from the underlying illustration.