|This landmark volume positively identifies nearly 100 early Minton patterns based on:|
- Over ten years research at the Minton archives
- More than 750 photographs, including 115 in full colour
- Original source prints and copper plate engravings
- Contemporary pattern books and catalogues
- Distinctive shapes, potting characteristics and workman's marks
- Similarity of knobs, handles and spouts
- Comparison with shapes and patterns by other factories
Geoffrey Priestman's book is not only an invaluable reference work for collectors and dealers, but also a fascinating account of the early years of a company that became a household name worldwide.
Thomas Minton founded his factory to exploit the late eighteenth century appetite for blue printed pottery. Although these early wares underpinned his company's initial success and prosperity, the lack of formal factory marks has left their identity a mystery.
This illustrated guide is the first serious attempt to research and identify Minton's early printed wares, and follows ten years of painstaking research by the author at the Minton archives in Stoke.
Using early copper plates, source prints for engravings and contemporary pattern books, together with the gradual assembly of a comprehensive personal reference collection of Minton products, Geoffrey Priestman can now provide positive attribution for nearly 100 Minton patterns.
With more than 750 photographs, including 115 in full colour, this guide presents the evidence for each attribution based on documentary material, distinctive shapes, potting characteristics and workman's marks.
Black printed wares are also considered, including illustrations from the Minton Bat Print Book.
Geoffrey Priestman (BScTech, PhD, CEng, MIChemE) has been researching early Minton printed wares for over ten years and has presented his findings at lectures to various antiques and ceramics societies. Originally from Weardale in County Durham, he now lives in Sheffield with his wife Moira and children Helen and Michael, and lectures in Chemical Engineering at Sheffield University.