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Minton

English

Pottery is one of the oldest decorative art forms, and Minton is one of its historical masters. For more than 250 years, the English company was a premier producer of porcelain and ceramic wares. Its factory was known for detailed and brightly colored Victorian tableware, including dinner plates and serving pieces.

Thomas Minton founded the Minton factory in 1793 in Stoke-upon-Trent, England. It initially made earthenware but introduced bone china in 1798. When Minton died in 1836, the company passed to his son, Herbert Minton. The younger Minton was a savvy businessman with an eye for design. He introduced glossy majolica earthenware to the factory’s repertoire and hired skilled artists and designers like Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin and Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, boosting the company’s reputation.

In 1851, Minton debuted its majolica at the Great Exhibition in London. It became a royal family favorite and was even used to tile the Royal Dairy at Windsor Home Park. Minton majolica was also displayed on the monumental Saint George and the dragon fountain at the 1862 London International Exhibition

Colin Minton Campbell, a nephew of Herbert Minton, took over the family business in 1858. He led the company to the head of the 1870s English art pottery movement. In the 1890s, French porcelain artist Marc-Louis Solon helped modernize Minton with his Art Nouveau designs.

Minton ceased operating as an independent company when it merged with Royal Doulton Tableware Ltd. in 1968. It was the end of an era, but not the end of widespread appreciation for Minton ceramics.

In 1982, the ”English Majolica” exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum featured 75 Minton pieces. When the Metropolitan Museum of Art reopened its British Galleries in 2020, it included a display of three colorful Minton majolica bird sculptures. Minton pottery was also on display from September 2021 to January 2022, along with other English pottery, at the Bard Graduate Center’s ”Majolica Mania” exhibition.

On 1stDibs, find exquisite Minton serveware, decorative objects, wall decorations and more.

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Minton Dessert Service, Inverted Shell White with Monochrome Flowers, ca 1830
By Minton
Located in London, GB
This is a stunning dessert service made by Minton probably around the year 1830, in their "second period". The service consists of a high footed centre piece, two square dishes, two ...
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1830s English Rococo Revival Antique Minton

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Porcelain

A Minton Majolica Dead Game Pie Tureen, Cover, and Liner, English, Dated 1859
By Minton
Located in Banner Elk, NC
A Minton Majolica Game Pie Tureen, Cover, and Liner, the base molded as a wicker basket with green glazed oak leaves and banded branch handles on raised feet, the cover with high rel...
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19th Century English Victorian Antique Minton

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Majolica

A Monumental Minton Majolica 'Queen's Vase' with Cats Heads, English, ca. 1860
By Minton
Located in Banner Elk, NC
A Minton Majolica 'Queens Vase,' Designed by Elijah Chetwynd (1838-1914) for Minton, of baluster form with relief molded grapes and green-glazed vines all around on a claret ground, ...
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Minton

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Majolica

Minton Majolica Pigeon Centrepiece Bowl
By Minton
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
Minton Majolica centrepiece bowl which features three pigeons perched on a leafy oak branch, supporting a large basketweave bowl on their fan tails. Bowl is decorated with oak leaves...
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1870s Antique Minton

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Majolica

Minton Majolica Pigeon Centrepiece Bowl
Minton Majolica Pigeon Centrepiece Bowl
H 5.8 in W 13.4 in D 12.2 in
Mid 19th Century English Staffordshire Minton Pattern Platter
By Minton
Located in Chapel Hill, NC
Minton pattern Well & Tree of Life platter, English, Staffordshire, marked "New Stone" & BB (Best Body), date mark of 1858. Chip on one supporter. 19 5...
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Minton

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Ceramic

Set of 4 Minton & Co Encaustic Floor Tiles
By Minton
Located in Wormelow, Herefordshire
A set of 4 reclaimed Minton encaustic floor tiles perfect for a period cottage or townhouse. The set comprises of four 6-inch by 6-inch tiles in Pugin style with a repeating mustard ...
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Mid-19th Century English Victorian Antique Minton

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Clay

Set of 4 Minton & Co Encaustic Floor Tiles
Set of 4 Minton & Co Encaustic Floor Tiles
H 5.91 in W 5.91 in D 0.99 in
Minton Majolica Oyster Plate, Mottled Leopard Spots, English, Dated 1870
By Minton
Located in Banner Elk, NC
Minton Majolica Oyster Plate, the relief-molded dish with six wells glazed in mottled leopard spots of green and dark brown, each well separated by shells and seaweed, the center wel...
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19th Century English Victorian Antique Minton

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Majolica

12 Minton England Antique Custom Cobalt Blue Elaborately Gilded Dinner Plates
By Minton
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A classic and elegant set of 12 dinner plates with rich cobalt blue collars elaborately decorated in gold in a beaded foliate swag surrounded by two 24 karat gold bands. A nice clear...
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Early 1900s British Antique Minton

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Gold, Enamel

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Minton furniture for sale on 1stDibs.

Minton furniture are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive items are frequently made of ceramic and are designed with extraordinary care. There are many options to choose from in our collection of Minton furniture, although beige editions of this piece are particularly popular. Many of the original furniture by Minton were created in the Art Deco style in united kingdom during the 19th century. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Royal Worcester, Brown, Westhead & Moore/Cauldon, and Stevens & Williams. Prices for Minton furniture can differ depending upon size, time period and other attributes — on 1stDibs, these items begin at $75 and can go as high as $34,500, while a piece like these, on average, fetch $2,463.
Questions About Minton
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Minton Majolica is a type of glazing process for pottery. Created at the Minton factory in London, Majolica is a low-temperature, colored lead glaze used on earthenware pottery. You’ll find a selection of antique Milton Majolica pieces from some of the world’s top dealers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    China and porcelain can be used interchangeably, however, china gets its name from the country of origin. Products from the mid 20th century from Mintons are often referred to as ‘Minton china’ or ‘Minton.’ Mintons produces a variety of products including china, stoneware and mosaics. Shop a wide range of Minton’s pottery on 1stDibs from top sellers.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    Minton tiles are made with clay. Liquid clay is poured into molded patterns, and because the color is infused into the liquid clay, the tile remains durable and resistant to fading for years to come. You can shop a range of Minton products from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, sadly Minton no longer exists. It was acquired by the Wedgwood group, and is now retired. The buildings that produced Minton pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, England were demolished in the 1990s and 2000s. You can shop authentic Minton designs from some of the world’s top sellers on 1stDibs.

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