The Democratic Dish: Mintons Secessionist Ware

Detail of the printed mark found on the base on an early Mintons Secessionist example from the Alessandra and Simon Wilson collection.

19 Sep - 26 Oct 2018

Private view: Tuesday 18 September, 6-8.30pm
Exhibition continues: 19 September – 26 October 2018

Chelsea Space presents an exhibition of Mintons Secessionist Ware from the Alexandra and Simon Wilson Collection.

Mintons was a British ceramic company established in 1793. From c1901-1916 they produced a range of pottery called Secessionist Ware, designed by John W. Wadsworth under the art directorship of Léon Victor Solon. The stylised floral and foliage designs constitute a major British contribution to the international style of Art Nouveau. However, Solon and Wadsworth named the collection after the leading European Art Nouveau grouping of the time, the Vienna Secession, whose first international exhibition had been held in Vienna in 1898. The use of industrial manufacturing methods meant the Mintons Secessionist range was more accessible to the popular market than other smaller studio or hand-made pottery.
This exhibition of chargers, toilet ware, vases, pedestals, flower holders, candlesticks, jardinières, a cheese stand, plates and other utilitarian wares, alongside archival material from the Minton Archive, demonstrates the innovative approach to colour that Léon Solon contributed to the Secessionist range, combined with John Wadsworth’s designs of often radical abstractions from plant forms. The exhibition also examines Wadsworth's advocacy for the decorative arts, highlighting both Solon and Wadsworth’s contribution to British design between 1900-1915.

Public Programme: The Democratic Dish: Mintons Secessionist Ware is accompanied by a transfer project and a panel discussion to take place in October 2018.

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Image: detail of the printed mark found on the base of an early Mintons Secessionist example from the Alexandra and Simon Wilson Collection.

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The Minton Archive: The Minton Archive was presented to the city of Stoke-on-Trent on 31 March 2015 by the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation) with substantial support from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and significant additional donations from Staffordshire County Council, The Pilgrim Trust, the Bamford Charitable Foundation, the bet365 Foundation (Denise Coates Foundation), William A. Cadbury Charitable Trust, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and many other generous supporters.

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