Dating minton marks
This last period is marked by greater freedom of pattern, shape and colour.
In fact several pieces of what we would now call Secessionist had been made before 1903 but introduced under different product names such as ‘Klyso’, ‘Argentea’ and ‘Anglosia’.
Mintons had been trying out new design ranges, but not all were successful, so some designs were incorporated into the Secessionist range.
The designs are freer, less art nouveau and can even look forward to art deco ; earlier floral patterns have given way to more abstract designs.
There is possibly a move away from the sophistication of Solon’s designs towards greater crudity, but this is probably a reflection of changing taste between 19.
They are decorated with slip trailing and often have very thick, colourful glazes.
They are produced in a variety of techniques usually combining moulded relief with block printing.The basic shape would be produced in some quantity in moulds incorporating the raised relief.
One dealer calls these pieces ‘Friday pieces’ suggesting that certain times were allowed for free experimentation on shapes which came from the firing room, and this might indeed be possible.This in effect meant that the pottery was a combination of industrial production and ‘art pottery’ finish.The Second Period runs from 1906 to around 1912 and sees the new designs of John Wadsworth who joined the company in 1905.There are, I think, three periods which can be identified.The First Period runs from around 1900 to circa 1905 when Solon left the company.This freedom leads us directly into the Third Period from around 1912 to the end of production in 1919.