This is a stunning garniture consisting of two lidded vases and a ewer, made by Minton in 1891 and painted by the famous porcelain artist Antonin Boullemier.

 

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 and bright colours; there is a colour called "Minton Blue" which is a fresh azure blue that Minton excelled in. 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 garniture is decorated by the famous porcelain artist Antonin Boullemier, who was the son of a Sevres decorator and was apprenticed and employed by Sevres, before moving the England in 1881, where he was employed by Minton. For many years he worked exclusively for Minton as one of their most celebrated artists; later on his career he started working freelance from his own studio at home for various factories. Boullemier is known for beautiful depictions of portraits, cupids and mythological subjects and both 18th Century and contemporary styles.

 

This garniture is decorated in stunning mazarine blue with extremely fine gilding. The style is very much like the famous Sevres pieces, and the ewer has a stunning mask on the base of the handle. The panels painted by Boullemier show a girl catching butterflies, a cupid watching a bird in a tree, and a girl fishing.

 

CONDITION REPORT The vases are in perfect antique condition without any damage or repairs, and no significant wear other than some extremely light scratches to the gilt, as can be expected of items this age. There is a slight firing fault on underside of foot of one vase (not visible when in position, see picture of underside).

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, 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. I 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. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I 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. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures.

 

DIMENSIONS height vases (incl. finial) 33cm (13"), ewer 28.8cm (11.25").

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Minton garniture, signed by Antonin Boullemier, 1891

SKU: LT-MIN01
£6,000Price
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