- Also known as
Minton & Co
primary name: Minton & Co
other name: Mintons
- organisation; manufacturer/factory; British
- Other dates
- Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
- Pottery and porcelain manufacturers. Factory founded in Stoke-on-Trent in 1793/6 by Thomas Minton (1765-1836), who was succeeded on his death by his son, Herbert Minton (1793-1858). The factory traded under various styles until 1845 when Minton & Co. was adopted. In 1868 the firm split into two parts, one for tiles only, the other for china (though it also made tiles). From c. 1873 the china works was known as Mintons. The two names, Minton & Co and Mintons, are often used indiscriminately.
There were a number of further changes leading to different names for different parts of the business. In 1845 the tile business became a separate department, trading as Minton & Co for encaustic or inlaid tiles which were mostly floor tiles, and as Minton, Hollins & Co for printed or painted or majolica wall tiles. After Herbert Minton's death in 1858, the tile business was continued by Michael Daintry Hollins, who had become a partner in 1845, while the china business was continued by Colin Minton Campbell, who had become a partner in 1849. Hollins and Campbell carried on in partnership until 1868, when they split up, Hollins carrying on the tile business, and Campbell the china works, trading as Minton's China Works, which also produced tiles (though not encaustic tiles) until 1918.
In 1869, Robert Minton Taylor set up a new tile factory, trading as Robert Minton Taylor, until he was bought out by Campbell in 1875 as the Campbell Brick & Tile Co. Both the Campbell Tile Co and Minton, Hollins & Co were absorbed by H & R Johnson-Richards in the 1960s.
See also Minton, Hollins & Co; Minton's China Works; Robert Minton Taylor; Campbell Brick & Tile Works.
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L. Jewitt, 'The Ceramic Art of Great Britain, 2nd ed. London 1883, (reprinted Poole 1985
P.Atterbury and M. Batkin, 'The Dictionary of Minton', Woodbridge 1990
P.Atterbury, 'Minton Majolica. The revival of sixteenth and seventeenth-century earthenwares'. Connoisseur, August 1976.
London 1972, Royal Academy, 'Victorian and Edwardian Decorative Art. The Handley-Read Collection'.
B. Bumpus, 'Pate-sur-pate. The Art of Ceramic Relief Decoration 1849-1992, London 1992.
J. Jones, 'Minton. The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production', London 1993.