Very often the pattern numbers on the base of Minton Secessionist items have no logic – for example pattern No 1 is used indiscriminately often for unusual designs. However some pattern numbers can be ascribed to certain designs, and Pattern No 46 is consistently used for what I call the ‘square leaf’ design. I believe this design originated with Archibald Knox’s designs for Liberty metalwork as it is a shape suited to metal production. The Secessionist designers – maybe Solon himself – used it extensively on two popular shapes – the small vases shape number 3543 and another smaller vase which I illustrate. Both vases were produced in a number of different colour ways and both were good sellers.
The marks illustrated show the pattern number 46, the shape number 3548 and an 8 in a circle denoting 1908. Most Secessionist shape numbers are in the 3000 range, but many pieces are borrowed from other standard Minton ranges and do not have a Secessionist shape number.