I bought this vase many years ago at an antique fair and have never since seen a similar pattern. I have seen the shape ( number 3501) produced in a solid blue, but not with this waterlily pattern. The vase has moulded decoration at the top, rather than slip, and transfer printing has been used for the waterlilies. As a final touch, a broad wash has been applied to give the impression of a hand finished object. This is typical of the marriage between industrial production and hand craft which Minton Secessionist wares successfully achieved. The waterlily was a popular Art Nouveau motif and used by Minton in their Secessionist chargers. It was also widely used in Art Nouveau designs in France, Belgium and Austria. Leon Solon, who probably designed this vase, would have seen many examples of waterliles used in a decorative way in ‘The Studio’ and he might also have seen Harry Napper’s Waterlily textile of 1905. Mintons had great experience in transfer printing tiles and vases so the technical problems of printing this vase were easily mastered.

Rare Minton Secessionist Waterlily Vase shape number 3501

Detail showing moulded decoration

Detail showing transfer printed waterlily

Harry Napper Design for a Waterlily Block Printed Fabric 1905