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Minton of Stoke – Relief-Moulded Wares Design Numbers

Dick Henrywood

The famous Minton firm of Stoke produced a wide range of sprigged and relief-moulded jugs and other wares from 1830 through to at least 1879. Forty-three different designs are recorded below and the firm used a numbering system which covered most of them. Originally the numbers appeared on a moulded scrollmark along with the cursive inital M, but this was eventually discontinued in favour of a simple impressed number. They indicate not only the main design but also variations in colouring. The firm did not normally title these wares, the only exceptions being "The Two Drivers" and "Waverley" (and the two "Society of Arts" designs), so titles have been adopted, where appropriate preferring names already in circulation. This is very much a work in progress and changes will be incorporated as new information becomes available. It is also intended to add images although that will take time. Contributions of new or amended information and (particularly) good images would be very welcome. Numbers recorded to date include:

Number Design Colour
1 Flutes with Grapevine Grey, white sprigs
3 Grapevine White, white sprigs
7 Grapevine Light green, white sprigs (mug)
8 Grapevine White, grey sprigs
10 Grapevine Blue, white sprigs (jug but also mug)
13 William and Adelaide Grey, white sprigs
14 Bird and Butterfly Grey, white sprigs
16 Silenus Light green; Grey (also brown *, white*)
17 Foxes Light green
18 Silenus Terracotta
19 Silenus Dark green (also light green *)
41 Foliage sprigged Buff, buff sprigs
42 Foliage sprigged Buff teapot, buff sprigs
48 Foliage Sprigged Grey, white sprigs
54 Prunus Sprigged Light grey with matching sprigs
59 Prunus Sprigged Grey, white sprigs
71 Bulbous Flutes Light green
72 Band of Flowers Light green, white sprigs
91 "Waverley" Light green
93 Pumpkin Glazed drab; glazed light green
94 Stiff Leaves Blue (mug)
95 "Waverley" Dark green
103 Foxhunt Light green
107 Foxhunt Dark green
120 Dunmow Flitch Blue-grey
130 Dunmow Flitch Light green
132 Dunmow Flitch Buff
134 Dunmow Flitch Blue
159 Barrel with Grapevine Light green, white sprigs
178 Flowers on Basketweave Buff caneware butter pot with cover and stand
202 Band of Rings White, blue sprigs
222 Sporting Scenes White, black neck
224 Sporting Scenes White, blue neck
225 Sporting Scenes White, blue neck, sprigged grapevine
228 Bacchanalian Cherubs White
229 Bacchanalian Cherubs Dark blue ground
235 Silenus Blue ground
239 Prunus Moulded Turquoise plus enamelling
245 Silenus Blue ground
251 Bacchanalian Cherubs Light green
259 Climbing Ivy White parian
260 Climbing Ivy Dark blue ground (metal lid)
261 Roses White parian
263 Octagonal, Mask Spout Blue, white sprigs and interior
264 Silenus White parian (also mug)
268 Harvest Wreath "Society of Arts" White parian (also with enamelled moulding)
269 "Society of Arts" White parian
274 "Society of Arts" Blue ground
277 Harvest Wreath "Society of Arts" White, blue neck
282 Cherubs with Goats White parian (covered bowl with stand)
288 Waterlily White parian (covered bowl with stand)
293 Squirrels and Butterflies Light green teapot
296 Spuireels and Butterflies Light blue creamer
301 "Society of Arts" Blue ground
302 "Society of Arts" Grey
305 "Society of Arts" Cream (with white slip interior)
306 "Society of Arts" White
312 Climbing Ivy Dark blue ground (no lid)
316 Harvest Wreath "Society of Arts" White, blue neck, some with ceramic cover
320 Hop Jug White parian (added figures beneath spout and handle)
321 Hop Jug White parian (no added figures)
323 Hops Blue ground
324 Hops White stoneware
328 Hops White parian
329 Cherubs White parian
332 Lotus White parian
334 "The Two Drivers" White parian
335 "The Two Drivers" Plain *
336 "The Two Drivers" Terracotta
337 "The Two Drivers" Chocolate brown
363 Squirrels and Butterflies White parian
364 Cherubs Dark blue ground
376 Bird and Ivy Dark ground *
379 Bird and Ivy Blue ground
434 Ivy Green ground
436 * Spirals with Ferns Green ground
452 * Ten Panels Grey or light green *
464 Ribbed White parian, red banding
473 Spirals with Ferns White parian
475 Ivy Celadon ground
479 Stylised Grapes and Scrolls White parian
480 Stylised Grapes and Scrolls Blue ground
486 * Spirals with Ferns Green ground
504 Pineapple White
510 Spirals with Ferns Green ground (white stoneware?)
513 Buttercup Grey stoneware
519 Buttercup White parian, or white with blue stripes
526 Vertical Leaves White stoneware
530 Running Plants over Flutes White parian
538 Pineapple Majolica
549 Twining Handle White
550 Twining Handle Light green
551 Twining Handle Blue
575 Holly and Mistletoe White parian
596 Quatrefoil Ewer Majolica glazes
604 Quatrefoil Ewer Green ground

An asterisk (*) indicates information that has not been confirmed.

Designs by name:

Bacchanalian Cherubs
Registered 20 March 1845
Numbers: 228, 229, 251
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/377; Hughes 1/52; Rumsey 22

 

Band of Flowers
Numbers: 72
Illustraions: none

 

Band of Rings
Numbers: 202
Illustrations: none

 
Barrel with Grapevine
A very similar jug without the sprigging and with a different handle was made by William Ridgway, Son & Co.
Numbers: 159
Illustrations: none
   

Bird and Butterfly
Hughes states known with vivid pink ground.
Numbers: 14
Illustrations: Hughes 2/13

 
Bird and Ivy
Registered 17 November 1849
Hughes states known with vivid pink ground.
Numbers: 376, 379
Illustrations: Hughes 2/62; Hughes 2/p.97 (Design Registry engraving)
 
Bulbous Flutes
Numbers: 71
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/75
   

Buttercup
Registered 14 May 1855
Hughes calls it Twining Flowers.
Numbers: 513, 519
Illustrations: Hughes 2/59; Rumsey 72

Cherubs
Registered 8 May 1845
Also made at Bennington.
Numbers: 329, 364
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/378; Hughes 2/184; Rumsey 39

 

Cherubs with Goats
Numbers: 282
Illustrations: none

Climbing Ivy
Registered 22 November 1845
Numbers: 259, 260, 312
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/379; Henrywood RMJ/78; Hughes 2/p.97 (Design Registry engraving); Rumsey 43        

 

Dunmow Flitch
Hughes calls it The Wedding
Numbers: 120, 130, 132, 134
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/375; Hughes 1/35

Flowers on Basketweave
Numbers: 178
Illustrations: none

 

Flutes with Grapevine
Numbers: 1
Illustrations: none

 

Foliage Sprigged      
Numbers: 41, 42, 48
Illustrations: none

Foxes
Numbers: 17
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/74; Hughes 1/64; Rumsey 123-24

Foxhunt
Numbers: 103, 107
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/70 and 77; Hughes 1/16

Grapevine
Sprigged.
Numbers: 3, 7, 8, 10
Illustrations: none

 

 

Harvest Wreath “Society of Arts”
Registered 26 May 1846
Known with a ceramic cover. The enamelled version has pattern number 9998.
Hughes calls it Fruits and Wheat.
Numbers: 268, 277, 316
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/81; Hughes 1/69; Rumsey 44
Holly and Mistletoe
Registered 16 January 1863
Numbers: 575
Illustrations: Hughes 2/p.104 (Design Registry engraving)
   
Hop Jug
Registered 14 May 1847
Designed by Henry Townsend.
Numbers: 320, 321
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/374 (white parian blue ground jug 19.9cm)
Henrywood RMJ/82; Hughes 75 (Design Registry image); Rumsey 152; Wakefield Plate 20
   
Hops
Registered 21 November 1848
Numbers: 323, 324, 328
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/85 and Colour Plate VI; Hughes 1/204a (Design Registry engraving)
Rumsey 52; Wakefield Figure 6 (Design Registry engraving)

 

 

Ivy
Registered 3 September 1852
Numbers: 434, 475
Illustrations: Hughes 2/96; Rumsey 63-64

 
Lotus
Numbers: 332
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/86 (engraving); Rumsey 250
   
Octagonal, Mask Spout
Registered 2 March 1846
(incorrectly marked 1845)
Numbers: 263


Illustrations: Hughes 2/p.97 (Design Registry engraving)
 
Pineapple
Registered 5 October 1858
Numbers: 504, 538
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/88-89; Hughes 1/184
   
Prunus Moulded      
Numbers: 239
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/382; Henrywood RMJ/87
 

Prunus Sprigged      
Numbers: 54, 59
Illustrations: none

 
Pumpkin
Numbers: 93
Illustrations: none
 
Quatrefoil Ewer
The ewers shown here bear impressed date codes for 1868 and 1873.
Numbers: 596, 604
Illustrations: none
Ribbed
Registered 5 June 1852
Numbers: 464
Illustrations: Hughes 2/94; Rumsey 100
   
Roses
Numbers: 261
Illustrations: Hughes 2/117
   
Running Plants over Flutes
Registered 9 February 1857
Numbers: 530
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/381; Hughes 2/114
   
Silenus
Also made by Minton & Boyle in “English Porcelain” (see Henrywood BJ for details)
Numbers: 16, 18, 19, 235, 245, 264
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/373; Henrywood RMJ/73 and Colour Plate IV; Hughes 1/37 and 37a; Rumsey 4; Wakefield Plate 19
“Society of Arts”
Registered 26 May 1846
Hughes calls it “Vintage“.
Numbers: 269, 274, 301, 302, 306 
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/79-80 and Colour Plate VI; Hughes 1/70  
   
Spirals with Ferns
Registered 23 July 1852
Numbers: 436 or 486, 473, 510
Probably one number misread?
Illustrations: Rumsey 101

 

Sporting Scenes
Numbers: 222, 224, 225
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/376; Hughes 1/66

One of the scenes is copied in mirror image from a painting by James Northcote RA, "Grouse Shooters in the Forest of Bowland"

Squirrels and Butterflies
Numbers: 293, 296, 363
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/90; Rumsey 61
   
Stiff Leaves
Numbers: 94
Illustrations: none
 
Stylised Grapes and Scrolls
Numbers: 479, 480
Illustrations: Hughes 2/75
 
Ten Panels
Numbers: 452 *
Illustrations: none
   
“The Two Drivers”
Numbers: 334, 335, 336, 337
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/83-84; Hughes 1/94; Wakefield Plate 21
   
Twining Handle
Registered 25 October 1859
Numbers: 549, 550, 551
Illustrations: none
 
Vertical Leaves        
Registered 23 January 1856
Numbers: 526
Illustrations: Henrywood BJ/380; Hughes 2/p.100 (Design Registry engraving)
   

Water Lily
Covered bowl and stand (not a jug)
Numbers: 288
Illustrations: none

   
“Waverley”
Numbers: 91, 95
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/76 and Colour Plate V; Hughes 1/65; Rumsey 163

William and Adelaide
Numbers: 13
Illustrations: Henrywood RMJ/72

Index of Registration dates

20 March 1845 Bacchanalian Cherubs 228, 229
8 May 1845 Cherubs 329, 364
22 November 1845 Climbing Ivy 259, 260, 312
2 March 1846 Octagonal, Mask Spout 263
26 May 1846 “Society of Arts” 269, 274, 301, 302, 306
26 May 1846 Harvest Wreath (“Society of Arts”) 268, 277, 316
14 May 1847 Hop Jug 320
21 November 1848 Hops 323, 324, 328
26 March 1849 Waterlily (not a jug) 288
17 November 1849 Bird and Ivy 376, 379
5 June 1852 Ribbed 464
23 July 1852 Spirals with Ferns 436 *, 473, 486 *, 510
3 September 1852 Ivy 434, 475
14 May 1855 Buttercup 513, 519
23 January 1856 Vertical Leaves 526
9 February 1857 Running Plants over Flutes 530
5 October 1858 Pineapple 504, 538
25 October 1859 Twining Handle 549, 500, 551
16 January 1863 Holly and Mistletoe 575


Other dates not yet fully identified:

29 October 1860
6 January 1865 (leaves with bulbous fluted neck)
7 April 1875 (acorn shape)
21 November 1879
16 September 1852 (majolica)
23 July 1852 (majolica)

With thanks to everyone who has contributed information, and particularly for images included above:

Neville Barker; Jean Louise Brogden; James Butler (La Vintique Maison); Ken Carter; Joan Cowan; Howard Crane; Jessica Davies; Pamela Fields; the collection of Robert Griesbach; Helen Hallesey; Dick Henrywood; Irene Keim; Leslie LeFevre-Stratton; Guy Loveday; Jim McAuliffe; Philip Mernick; Paul Miller; Paul Mooney; Nathalie O'Neill; Paul Rosenberg (Moorabool Antique Galleries); Patrick Rowe; Steve White (Penllyn Collectables); Sheila Wylie; Dreweatt-Neate, Newbury.

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