Majolica, coloured glazes – Paris France to Stoke-on-Trent England

Minton Peacock, Potteries Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

What reached Stoke-on-Trent from Paris? Could a 16th century Frenchman’s success with colored glazes be repeated in 19th century England? Herbert Minton thought so. Leon Arnoux is appointed Art Director in 1848 with the right know-how and at just the right time to make it happen. Yes, Bernard Palissy developed in France the chemistry and… Continue reading Majolica, coloured glazes – Paris France to Stoke-on-Trent England

Minton tin-glazed majolica

From Mantegna 'Triumph of Caesar' series, design source of Minton tin-glaze elliptic dish.

MADELENA investigates the Renaissance art sources of Minton and Co. Ltd tin-glazed majolica, many of them based on actual Renaissance tin-glazed Italian maiolica examples.

Antique Victorian Staffordshire Pottery Spaniels and Animals

Prince Albert and the teenage (age 18) Queen Victoria.

Look into a tiny corner of the enthralling world of antique Victorian Staffordshire pottery spaniels. These are a type of pottery ‘figure’ made in the UK between 1837 and 1900. Typically they were decorated with coloured enamels over a plain lead glaze. At the height of British Empire, with a strong economy, and a popular Queen,… Continue reading Antique Victorian Staffordshire Pottery Spaniels and Animals

Majolica – Makers’ Marks – Minton, Wedgwood, George Jones and Holdcroft

George Jones Majolica 'full nest' game pie dish

Majolica-makers’ marks not present… How do you know it is George Jones? Majolica-makers’ marks are sure way to identify a manufacturer. Some marks will also date an item. Marks may be impressed, embossed or printed. Or written in script over the glaze, or ‘in reserve’. Marked majolica is generally indicative of quality. Unmarked majolica makes up the bulk of… Continue reading Majolica – Makers’ Marks – Minton, Wedgwood, George Jones and Holdcroft

Majolica – One word for two different products. How might that happen?

Spot the difference?

1.  Earthenware decorated with coloured glazes 2. Tin-glazed earthenware painted with enamels Designs for the two distinct types of Minton majolica product both called ‘majolica’ sit side by side in the Majolica Box, The Minton Archive. How did that happen? Why not simply Earthenware decorated with coloured glazes = Majolica; Tin-glazed earthenware painted with enamels =… Continue reading Majolica – One word for two different products. How might that happen?

Maiolica Majolica Citations Part One – Flower Vases

Minton majolica jardinière and stand circa 1861, coloured lead glazes applied directly to the biscuit, shape first introduced at the 1851 Exhibition.

Investigate What Our ongoing quest is for unambiguous evidence illustrating the four senses in which the word MAJOLICA is used including MAIOLICA. This blog takes a look at Citations mentioning Flower Vases from about 1848 onward. Questions arise. Was a ‘flower vase’ the same thing as a ‘flower pot’? Were authors’ descriptions of materials, processes and styles reliable? Was lead-poisoning the reason why processes are mentioned very little and materials – lots of lead in there –… Continue reading Maiolica Majolica Citations Part One – Flower Vases

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R Lalique Perfume Bottles

Lalique Perfume Bottles on Sunday 13th November – National Glass Collectors Fair You will enjoy this if you are interested in Lalique perfume bottles, René Lalique glass, motorbikes, or just a random Sunday outing next weekend. We would love to see you there. B92 0ED if you are using Sat Nav. The fair adjoins the Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill, Solihull. Find us at Stand 34 in Hall… Continue reading R Lalique Perfume Bottles

Maiolica Majolica Tin Glaze Lead Glaze Home Visits

Minton cockerel teapot circa 1876, Minton Chinese influence teapot circa 1880, Schiller crocodile finial teapot and sugar circa 1890, Minton spiky fish teapot circa 1878, Zsolnay chocolate pot circa 1900, Minton bamboo tea kettle circa 1877, Royal Worcester Oriental influence tea kettle circa 1880, Minton Squash teapot and sugar circa 1869, Minton Thistle Creamer circa 1867.

Majolica Society Visit Homes and Collections The Majolica International Society (MIS) We will remember the MIS Convention of August 2016 for a very long time, especially for the collections of maiolica majolica. If you ever wondered what you would value most after joining the Society… Home visits might be top of your list A journey to a residence… Continue reading Maiolica Majolica Tin Glaze Lead Glaze Home Visits

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Lead Glaze Perfection – lead-glazed Victorian Majolica

Minton Ewer Detail, painting by Emile Jeannest

Madelena Antiques  Buy, sell and discover lead glaze majolica, Staffordshire figures, Moorcroft, Wedgwood lustre and other specialities including antique samplers and embroideries Majolica International Society  Relish the outstanding Karmason Library of Victorian Majolica objects, membership, conventions, book lists, newsletters and much more You will love this… First, technical information on lead glaze Second, a brief history of how lead glazes developed Third, a comparison of the two most… Continue reading Lead Glaze Perfection – lead-glazed Victorian Majolica