Pair of Minton’s Art Studio ‘Moon Flasks’, E.J. Strutt decorated with cherubs, 1873

$1,250.00 AUD

Delightful pair of ‘Minton’s Art Studio’ Moon Flasks, the white body with clear lead glaze, painted to the front of each with a pair of cherubs amongst apple blossom, chasing butterflies, the neck and handles in a ‘muddy’ turquoise.

Impressed ‘MINTON’, date code for 1873 , also ‘1348’, ‘J’

painted mark ‘330’, monogram ‘EJS’ for Eliza Jameson Strutt,

also printed ‘MINTONS Art Pottery STUDIO Kensington Gore’

Dated 1873

22cm high

Condition: probable restored rim-chip to one, otherwise excellent condition, display well. 


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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