Pairing Up, Part 9: The Moyr Smith Vase

Pairing Up is back and this time round we’re using the series to rectify a rather glaring oversight. You see, when we highlighted the Moyr Smith illustrations of “A Lydian Ditty” and “Caryatic Dance” in our recent Bicentenary Vase post we completely failed to notice that SD 1705/MS1895 also contains artworks of the original Moyr Smith vase which would later inspire its Bicentennial counterpart. We all have our off days, right?! 😮
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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…

Truth, Beauty, Power: Borders

“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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Magnificent Majolica: Centres

“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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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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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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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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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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