manufacturer: Minton & Co. (English, estab. 1793);  decorator: Arin Green;  artist: Christopher Dresser (b.1834, d.1904); 

circa 1871
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parasol stand of cylindrical form, decorated with bamboo foliage and nesting birds, turquoise ground on a simulated cherrywood stand.
painted by Arin Green, and possibly designed by Christopher Dresser.

It is Chinese famile rose adaption. The shape is bamboo from an archaic Bronze Han Dynasty (800 BCE). The predominant colour is turquoise, which was a very fashionable colour in the late 1800's. Turquoise is also an early Chinese glaze colour, though Minton was unable to perfect the quality, which has therefore creating crazing on this piece.

It is decorated in the Chinese famille rose technique with bamboo, cherry blossom, seven bullfinches and two bees amongst the bamboo. The top edge is a plain gold rim and the bottom edge has an elliptic double egg border based on an archaic Bronze Chinese pattern. The base is made of bone china and made to look as though it were wood. (If it were in fact Chinese, the base would have been wooden) the base is also decorated in the Greek key design also based on an archaic bronze Chinese pattern.
Maker and role
manufacturer: Minton & Co. (English, estab. 1793)
decorator: Arin Green
artist: Christopher Dresser (b.1834, d.1904)
Production place
Stoke-on-Trent, England
Production date
circa 1871
Media description
Bone china, polychrome enamel decoration
557 x 170 x 235 mm
Measurement details
height: 557mm
width: 170mm
depth: 235mm
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1989
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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