Sunday, June 9, 2013

A Minton tea cup

"It's a Minton, a very special antique piece," said the vendor at Portobello market in London. He was packing up for the day as I was making my way out of the market but somehow this cup and saucer caught my eye. It was a little chinoiserie, a little art deco and the colour was quite unique - a reddish orange or some say vermilion. The Minton group contributed greatly to the Art Nouveau movement in the 1890s with its beautiful majolica tiles popularly called Peranakan tiles in Singapore. Minton made fine China too and as much as I was rushing off, this beauty had to be added to my collection. 

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