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Mintons Majolica Jardinire and the African

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THE GLAZED BLACKAMOOR
Adrienne L. Childs
Minton
Blackamoor Jardinires
Majolica
1867 Universal Exposition

Guridons
Attr. Claude Ballin, 17
th
c
Jean Le Pautre, n.d.
Africa, Engraving
after Charles Le
Brun, Versailles,
1650
Le Brun, preparatory
drawing, America, 1670s
Tiepolo, America, mural,
Wurzburg Residence Palace,
1750-53
Ripa ,Africa, Iconologia, 1603
Candlestand
c. 1675

Ham House, Richmond,
Surrey

Franz Dominikus
Stainhardt
17
th
Century
Italian lacquer
1
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th
century

Frontispiece, Jean-
Baptiste Labat,
Nouveau voyages
aux isles de
lAmrique, 1742
Mid 18
th
century
led blackamoor or
slave sundial

Dunham Massey


Dickinsons Comprehensive
Pictures of the Great
Exhibition of 1851

Dickinsons Comprehensive Pictures
of the Great Exhibition of 1851

Mauresque Noire
1862 exhibition
London
Mauresque Noire and Ngre du Soudan
John Burnley Waring, Masterpieces of Industrial
Art and Sculpture at the International Exhibition,
1862, 3 vols.
Femme Arab and Jeune
Multress, 1862
Charles Cordier at the London Exhibition, 1862
John Burnley Waring, Masterpieces of Industrial Art and Sculpture at the International Exhibition, 1862,
3 vols.
G. Denire candelabra currently
at Tobogan Antiques, Paris

THE PARIS UNIVERSAL EXHIBITION.
Th e fi rm o f Mi ni on, of St oke -u pon -Tre nt, ha s
e st abl i shed i ts fam e i n every Ex hi bi ti on tha t h as
y ea rs; recei vi n g h ig he st Hono ur s in a l l cases. Ow i ng i ts r enow n ch ie fl y to the m aster -m in d o f
on e of t he mo st accom pl i shed m en of th e ag e Her eer t Min ton , w ho se na m e m ay b e p ri nte d si de
b y si de w i th th at of Josi a h W ed g w ood i t co nti nu es to m ai ntai n i ts hi g h a n d p ro ud posi ti on,
a n d up hol ds t he h on our of En g l and i n Fr ance. At pr esen t, ou r se le cti ons are li m i ted to fou r
t ake n p la co i n Eu rop e du ri n g th e l ast thi rt y
ob j ects a Va se; a Fi g u re in m a j ol ica , n ear ly l i fe-si ze; a Cent re-eask et , th e fig ur es i n Pari a n ;
a n d a Com p osi ti on, the fi g ure s al so i n Pa ri an. The y are adm i r abl y de sig ned an d m od el le d.
On e very si de , as e ach fr esh col l ecti on i nv i ted ex am i nati on , p al-
p abl e a nd decid ed im p ro ve m ents w ere visi bl e. Machi ner y i n
p art icul ar, and al l w ork s p rod uced in th e ha rd m etal s, d i sp l a yed
a n ad v ance a t once stea d y, r api d, an d p rog ressi ve.
Th e Ex posi ti on of the yea r 18 49 , th e el even th in th e or der of
su cce ssi on , f ar ex cee ded al l it s pr edecessors in br i ll i ancy, as i t
r ose ab ove t hem i n ever y qu ali ty o f st erl i ng ex cel l en ce an d va lu e.
Th e Cham p s El ysees w er e t he scene of thi s g ran d di spl ay, i n
w h ich a s m any a s 4, 4 94 co m peti tor s co ntr ib ut ed t o th e co ll ect io ns,
a n d soug ht fr om th e j ur ie s such d isti n cti on as th ei r com par a ti ve
m e ri ts m i g h t b e con si der ed fai r ly t o ha ve w on. In t hi s Ex p o-
si ti on, a n d i n a l esser deg ree i n i ts i m m ed iat e p recurso r al so ( the
e xh i bi tor s the n w er e 3 , 96 0, abo ut 4 00 l ess th an in 18 39 ), bot h of
t hem care fu ll y d escr ib ed, w it h copi ou s eng raved i l lu strat io ns, i n
t he Art-Jou rna l, th e be ni g n i nf lu ences of Ar t w er e fel t t o ha ve
t ake n a fr esh and a m or e d eci de dl y pr act ical par t i n conn ect io n
w i th i ndu stri a l p rod uctio ns. A pu rer a n d m or e consi sten t ex p res-
si on of Art w a s ap par ent i n som e of the hi g her ra n k s of m anu -
fa ctur e; and i ndi ca ti ons, m o re or l ess d efin i te, o f a g e nui n e
a r ti sti o sen ti m ent w ere g en era ll y p reval en t. An oth er ci rcu m stan ce
i s p art icul arl y r em a rk ab le i n conn ecti on w it h t he si g n a l tr iu m ph
of t he Cham p s El ysees i n 18 49 . Sti ll , a s on pre viou s occasi ons,
a n ex clu sivel y n ati onal d i sp l ay , op en to al l Fran ce, bu t re stri ct ed
w i th in th e bo un dar ie s of Fr ance, t hi s Ex h ib i tio n r ej ecte d a pr o-
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The firm of Minton, of Stoke-
upon-Trent, has established its
fame in every Exhibition that has
taken place in Europe during the
last thirty years; receiving the
highest Honours in all cases.
Owning its renown chiefly to the
master-mind of one of the most
accomplished men of the age
Herbert Minton, whose name
may be printed side by side with
that of Josiah Wedgewood it
continues to maintain its high
and proud position, and upholds
the honour of England in
France.
The Illustrated Catalogue of the
Universal Exhibition , Art
Journal, 1868
Carriere-Belleuse, Torchre, 1880
Guridon Porte
torchre , 1845-48
Chantilly
Garden Seat with Egyptian
Servant

T.D. Brown-Westhead,
Moore and Co,
c. 1875
Minton Garden Seats, 1881
Majolica garden seat
with African figure,
Joseph Holdcroft, ca
1870
New York Times
B. Altman and Co.
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June 6, 1943