Creamer: 4 ½ L x 4 H x 2 ½ D
Sugar Dish: 5 ¾ H x 5 L x 3 ¼ D
Teapot: 8 ½ L x 6 ¾ H x 3 D
Minton majolica was created by Joseph Leon Francois Arnoux who was appointed Art Director at Minton in 1848. His primary task was to introduce and promote new products. At the time there was great interest in classical design and bright color. Arnoux decided to reintroduce the work of Bernard Palissy, whose naturalistic, bright colored "maiolica" wares had been popular in the 16th century. However, Arnoux used a thicker body to make pieces more sturdy. This body was given a coating of opaque white glaze which provided a surface for over painting in brightly colored opaque glazes. Later, transparent glazes were used over relief molding. This new Minton majolica was promoted, in London, at the Great Exhibition of 1851.
Majolica held a position of prominence in Victorian home decor for decades. Large and small potteries across England and later in the United States, produced majolica. By the 1870’s majolica was a household word and was in wide every day use on the dining table. As with all trends, Majolica was replaced by more modern pieces and relegated to attics. A renaissance occurred in the 70's and 80's with the new appreciation of rustic forms and color.