Dating minton plates
The system was sufficiently successful that its use continued throughout the majolica period and beyond. By observing certain characteristic glazes, by an occasional marked piece to reference, and by publications current and contemporary, notably advertising and exhibition reports.
Unmarked majolica makes up the bulk of majolica production. Some marked everything, some just a few pieces, many marked only the main piece of a set or service.Grandmother meant a great deal to the couple and passed along many of their things to her, including this vase.Estimated age of the vase is who had a porcelain and decorating studio in Fischern, Bohemia (now Rybare Czechia). Found on examples of hand painted and hand decorated porcelains that are signed by artists who are most likely American China Painters.Other makers marked some pieces, but by no means all, e.g. Jones was reasonably consistent with the pattern number, but very often omitted the name or monogram. But the mark generally gives a clue to the date of manufacture.Click here for a selection of marked George Jones pieces. Here is a G Jones jug which has Robert Cluett, in his book ‘George Jones Ceramics 1861- ‘, page 271, lists this pattern number seen on a small bowl “3368 – Small bowl, bark pattern, with small pink flowers and green leaves. Probably part of tea or dessert service” Pattern name ‘Alocasia Jeningsii’ (Dwarf Elephant Ear) GJ monogram, impressed, a mark used 1861-73 Black script four digit pattern number 3443 ‘in reserve’ and the familiar diamond shape British Registry Office mark, impressed., ‘Also known as the ‘British Registry Lozenge’ or the ‘British Pattern Registration Diamond’ mark, when present and legible, tells us the date the pattern was registered.