Size: 43 cm (17 inches) diameter
This very striking wall charger or plaque is hand painted in the Aesthetic/Japoniste style, with a swallow among bamboo and prunus blossom, against a black ground.
The Minton Kensington Gore workshops lasted only from 1871 to 1875, a disastrous fire putting an end to this experimental studio, but in that short time it led the Art Pottery world in producing innovative and bold designs. The painters who worked there ranged from established artists like W S Coleman to semi-amateur painters. The output of the studio was sold in major retailers such as Howell and James in London.
The plaque is earthenware the strong colours painted as enamels, with an ochre rim, the back a creamy colour with a transparent glaze. The Minton's Art Pottery Studio, Kensington Gore printed mark is in brown, and in addition there is the painted mark LG.42, the number 819 or 618, both underglaze, and impressed marks including the date mark for 1872. The convex footrim allow a wire to be used for hanging.
Condition is very good, no chips, cracks or restoration, overall crazing and light staining to the rear.