Why Minton Secessionist?

I feel that Minton Secessionist pottery has been ignored, under-rated and largely unappreciated by collectors and by the market in general, and I hope this blog will help re-establish its position in British Arts and Crafts Pottery along with Moorcroft, Royal Lancastrian, Doulton and other fine ceramics produced between 1880 and the Second World War.

My very first experience of Minton Secessionist was buying an unmarked bowl in a small antique shop in London in the early 1970’s. For many years I enjoyed its vibrant colour and design, but knew nothing about it. Some years later I was attending a sale of pottery at Christies South Kensington and I saw a similar piece defined as Minton Secessionist. I did some research and discovered a little more about the designers and production methods, although there is still very little written about it. Since then I have been collecting and recording Minton Secessionist pieces that have come to the market.

I often wonder why Minton Secessionist is not fully appreciated, and I think the answer lies in the fact that most collectors and dealers simply don’t know much about its range and variety. A handful of standard shapes and designs appear time and time again in auction houses and on Ebay, but the rarer more unusual pieces hardly ever come on the market. The result is that most people write the range off as a cheap mass produced pottery which churned out a repetitive series of vases. When the huge variety of shapes, colours and designs becomes better known, I believe that people will re-assess Minton Secessionist.

At present there is very little information about  Secessionist online – no website nor blogs, just a few unrelated articles. I hope to gather some of this information together here and I welcome contributions. It might also be possible to put collectors in touch with others who have pieces to sell or hope to buy.

I write as an art historian, a former Senior Lecturer and Head of Department at an art college in the UK and as an active lecturer and art critic.

The Obsessionist


7 thoughts on “About”

  1. Paul Chapman said:

    I do so agree with your appraisal of Minton Secessionist ware. I recently visited the Victoria and Albert museum’s ceramics gallery and was dismayed that there was not a single piece displayed in their huge collection. I have been collecting for several years now and am constantly surprised by the range and originality of design shown. I now have over 50 pieces as well as other Minton wares. I am in London and if you would ever care to see my collection you would be welcome to drop by.

  2. I was pleasantly surprised to come across your blog in my quest to research my collection for current values. Good luck with your endeavour, too bad I’m going to sell off my collection, but I will bookmark your blog & will visit from time to time. I still love it!

  3. Hi there, I recently bought a potty and what would appear to be a bathroom set. There is a soap dish which comes in 2 parts some sort of other bowl which is also in two parts and a small vase/toothbrush holder?. It is all buttermilk in colour and on the larger of the 2 part bowls it says minton -26. I know nothing about Minton. Could you spare me a little of your time to tell me a little bit about it. The set I bought was all wrapped in tissue paper as though it has never been used. with thanks Melanie

  4. Fred Pines said:

    Please send me your email so I can send you some photos
    of a beautiful Minton Secessionist jardiniere and stand I want
    your opinion on.

    Fred Pines

  5. Dan Leighton said:


    I wonder if you can help me identify a Minton pattern? It is not valuable, I am sure, but is the last piece of our great grandfather’s China.

    The mark on the back is the Mintons 1912-1950 mark with England (only) underneath. With 9-25 stamped in it, an indecipherable year mark, the letters M and NS stamped above the number, and hand painted what looks like an L 4931 with 00 under that.

    The pattern is of what look like citrus fruits and green leaves with a blue border.

    I cannot find any similar pictures on the net anywhere!

    I hope you might be able to point me in a direction of where to find out!

    Very best wishes.


  6. Charles P. said:

    I have learned a great deal from this web site! We have a Minton plaque that is a 12X18 portrait detail version of one of the 1905 12-tile portraits that you detail in your article: https://mintonobsessionist.wordpress.com/2012/05/31/two-outstanding-minton-secessionist-tile-panels-coming-to-auction/
    I would be happy to send you a photo of it and of the marks on the back, if you don’t mind sending your e-mail address.
    Thank you for the informative information!

  7. Charles, you may be interested in our selection of 97 Minton, Mintons, and Minton Secessionist items on this link http://madelena.com/searchResults.php?searchWords=minton&Search=Search

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