The first Secessionist pieces appeared around 1898 and carried the normal Minton marks rather than any special Secessionist marks. They tended to make use of transfer decoration rather than slip or hand painting and give the impression of being highly finished and possibly lacking in individuality. The following years saw new patterns being introduced often with a combination of transfer printing and slip decoration. The three vases illustrated are all shape 3334 but come from different stages in the decvelopment of the Secessionist range.
The vase on the right dates from 1898-1900 and has the Minton mark of the globe. Its pattern is a stylised rendering of Honesty and the work is all transfer printing with colour glazes added over the top.
The second piece dates from around 1900-1905 and is a combination of transfer printing , slip and hand painting. The transfer pattern is a large leaf which is used on other Secessionist vases usually in green. The slip decoration is a stylised tulip often used by the minton designers. The vase has no marks to its base.
The final piece dates to around 1910-14 when the use of transfer printing had been almost totally dropped in favour of slip decoration. This carries the Minton Secessionist mark and pattern number 38 ( which has little meaning). It is one of those lovely blue on white piees which the Minton designers occasionally used. It has stylised tulips and a typical art nouveau ‘whiplash’ pattern.