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Minton Dessert Service, Signed by Anton Connelly, circa 1894

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This is a stunning dessert service made by Minton in 1894, hand painted with beautiful chrysanthemums by Anton Connelly. The service consists of 10 plates and 3 low footed comports. Each piece is signed by the artist. Minton was one of the pioneers of English china production alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport, Ridgway, Coalport and others. They were located in Staffordshire and were known specifically for their wonderfully fine white bone china, Parian china and bright colours; there is a colour called "Minton Blue" which is a fresh azure blue that Minton excelled in. Minton produced the finest British porcelain, often thanks to the fact that they sourced some of their best artists and scientists from the French Sèvres factory. Minton supplied huge quantities of tablewares, tiles, and other items to the USA in the 19th century; the White House was traditionally supplied with Minton crockery and many great buildings of this era were tiled with Minton tiles. This service was potted very simply of the very thin and fine bright white porcelain that Minton was so famous for. Each item is painted with stunning chrysanthemums. The rims are a salmon pink with very fine gilding. Much of the gilding is raised gilding, which is a difficult and expensive process that few gilders had the skill to do. The flowers were painted by Anton Connelly, one of the very accomplished flower painters at Minton. He was apprenticed between 1882 and 1890 and then worked for Minton on and off for many years. Each item is signed by the artist - you can find it in most cases coming off a sprig or stem of one of the flowers. The flowers have exceptional depth and realism and seem to pop off the white porcelain. Each item is marked with Minton globe mark printed in puce, as well as impressed year codes for 1890 and 1894. Each piece is signed by the artist. This service is still in fabulous condition and it makes a stunning display - and could still be used if desired. Condition report All items are in excellent condition without any damage or repairs, and virtually no wear. There is a tiny bit of rubbing to the gilt of one or two pieces, and there is a tiny nick off the gilt on the foot of one of the comports (not very visible, and it is not a chip). There is some crazing (but no discolouration) on some of the items. Crazing is the result of the body of the item shrinking at a different rate than the glaze, and it is a process that is started at the point of firing in the kiln but often only becomes visible after many years. It should therefore not be seen as a sign of wear or damage, and it is often unavoidable with 19th Century soft paste porcelain. Dimensions (diameters): plates 22.5cm ((8 7/8"); comports 23.5cm (9 1/4") and 7cm (2 3/4") high. About the condition of British Porcelain Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s and early 1900s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. We will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. We will reflect any damage as truthfully as we can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Dimensions (diameters): plates 22.5cm ((8 7/8"); comports 23.5cm (9 1/4") diameter and 7cm (2 3/4") high.

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  • Condition Details
    In excellent condition without damage or repairs, very slight wear and crazing to a couple of pieces, mostly in pristine condition.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 1 in. x Dm 1 in.H 2.54 cm x Dm 2.54 cm
  • Diameter
    1 in. (2.54 cm)
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    A-MIN13
  • Sold As
    Set of 13
  • Reference Number
    LU4805115122441
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