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.