Neoclassical Planter, Minton Manufactory, circa 1870
This neoclassical planter had a great success in England and in the rich French and American homes of the late 19th century. Manufactured in Minton from the 1870s, this model was presented in Philadelphia at the 1876 World’s Fair. We find the characteristics of the work of this brilliant manufactory: the bright and brilliant colours (typical turquoise, layette pink, golden yellow), the abundance of decoration, classic references etc.
Minton was founded in 1793 by Thomas Minton. He bought a field in Stoke-on-Trent, south of Manchester, in order to build a little workshop. At the beginning the production was focused on domestic ware with a printed blue and white underglaze decor. Just a few pieces had a mark and this production had more to do with subcontracting than creation. The development of the firm went with the elaboration, around 1798, of a cream colored faïence called « bone china ». This new kind of ware, made with bone powder, was also dedicated to a domestic use. Its production stopped in 1816 and restarted in 1824 with a great success.