This is a beautiful centre piece tazza made by Minton in 1891, which was the Victorian era. The piece is made in white and pink porcelain and the centre consists of a cherub carrying a sheaf of wheat. This tazza would make a fabulous display on your Easter, Thanksgiving or Christmas table!

 

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, parian china and bright colours; there is a colour called "Minton Blue" which is a fresh azure blue that Minton excelled in. Minton produced the finest British porcelain, often thanks to the fact that they sourced some of their best artists and scientists from the French Sèvres factory. 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 piece is beautifully modelled and in an unusual shape; while most tazzas have the plate on top, this one has it at the base, with the cherub standing up like a handle. The base is a reticulated and pierced basket. There are cameos with very finely painted Art Nouveau flowers in pastel colours. The stem of the piece is shaped as a cherub carrying a wheat sheaf, a sicle at his feet. 

 

The item is marked with the red crowned Minton mark.

 

CONDITION REPORT This tazza is in excellent antique condition without any structural damage or repairs, and very little wear. It has some crazing and it has had a slight touch up on the connection of the lower and upper part (see last picture).

 

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 18.5cm (7.25") wide; 23cm (9") high.

Minton tazza centre piece, white and pink with cherub, 1891

SKU: LT-MIN17
£1,675Price
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