Minton Kensington Art Pottery moon flask, barbotine kingfisher & yellow bird, 1871

$1,450.00 AUD

Rare Minton redware moon flask, well painted in the London Art Pottery Studio, South Kensington, with a Japanesque style bird on flowering plant to either side in the barbotine technique.

Multiple marks:
Impressed ‘MINTON’,
‘I / 1343 / 119’ and year cypher for 1871,
black painted ‘129’,
black printed ‘MINTON’s ART-POTTERY STUDIO Kensington Gore’ in a circle.

Dated 1871

21cm high, 16cm high
excellent condition

This fascinating Art Pottery studio has its origins in the Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington. When it was being set up, the interior decorations were planned to include lavish tile panels, and Minton was commissioned to execute them. From this came the idea for a London based decorating studio; land was leased by Minton right next to the Royal Albert Hall (and they shared the smokestack used for their kilns with the heating apparatus for the hall!).
The Minton Art Pottery Studio opened in 1871 with the great designer W.J. Coleman as the director. The blank pots were made at Minton, and decorated in the new studio by students from the Government’s ‘National Art Training Schools’. 3/4 of these were women, and a contemporary account stated ‘…it was worthy of notice as the only place in London devoted to the manufacture of high-class pottery’.
Unfortunately, a fire destroyed the complex in 1875 and it was never re-built.

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