I once asked a dealer friend who runs a major London gallery that used to specialise Arts and Crafts design (sadly he no longer shows 19th century British design regularly) why he did not display Minton Secessionist pottery. His answer was that it was ‘too repetitive.’ While it is true that there about 25 Secessionist designs that you see time and time again, there is also a huge range of totally different and original pieces to be discovered. The first piece of Minton Secessionist I ever bought is the serving dish shape 3518 illustrated below. It had no marks and for some years I did not know what it was.
This was 40 years ago and since then I have seen many fascinating and original pieces. Take for example the squat vase Shape 3535 that I am illustrating. I have only ever seen this shape once and it must be very rare, even though the decoration is entirely moulded which would suggest that the factory produced a number of these vases. The vase does not carry any Minton marks, only the shape number which reveals its identity. Maybe it did not sell well and after an initial production run, was dropped from the range. I would argue that overall the Minton Secessionist range is very varied and full of surprises, much more varied that Moorcroft or Elton. I have collected it for some 40 years and I still continue to see completely new patterns and shapes which always surprise me.