The Lady and the Seasons

⁠Here in Britain we were just starting to despair about the notion of different seasons as the spring seemed to have been passed over this year; but just as the first mildly warm days are reaching our shores, I am showing you some very special seasons.

These four framed plates were made by Minton in 1882 and the images were painted by the famous painter Antonin Boullemier. The plates are framed in beautiful Italianate Rococo frames, and they make a wonderful quartet.

Antonin Boullemier was the son of a Sèvres porcelain decorator and was apprenticed and employed by Sèvres for a number of years. In 1881 he moved to England, where he was soon employed by Minton. The Minton factory had gone through some difficult years and they had been looking for new talent to bring the factory back to its former glory. The enterprising and talented Herbert Minton knew that if he could poach some talent from the Sèvres factory he could soon be back at the top of the league t