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Wall Tile - Minton's China Works, Stoke-on-Trent, England, circa 1880 Object Reg. No: ST 017132

This glazed ornamental wall tile was manufactured at Minton's China Works in Stoke-on-Trent, England. It was exhibited by Minton Hollins & Co at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition; the company was awarded a gold medal for its display of 'Tiles, Encaustic, Plain and Artistic'.
Earthenware tile, printed black underglaze, hand painted with a floral design in white, blue, green, yellow and red.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Minton's China Works, 1881
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 1.00 cm (Height), 20.10 cm (Width), 20.20 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Object measured for Australia Gallery Redevelopment.

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Tagged with: ceramic tiles, exhibitions melbourne international 1880-1881
Themes this item is part of: Mintons, Potters & Tile Manufactures, Stoke-upon-Trent, England, 1790s-1960s, Royal Exhibition Building Collection, Engineering Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
On Display at: Melbourne Museum
Primary Classification: PUBLIC EVENTS
Secondary Classification: Melbourne International Exhibition 1880
Tertiary Classification: exhibition heritage
Inscriptions: Moulded on underside: Minton's China Works, Stoke-on Trent; trademarked
Manufacturer: Minton's China Works, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, Great Britain, circa 1880
Place & Date Exhibited: Royal Exhibition Building (REB), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1880-1881


Jake Ellis Posted on 31 Mar 2012 12:09 AM
The company was Mintons Ltd not Minton's China Works. The tile is earthenware not china clay, it is printed black underglaze rather than glazed black. These tiles should never and were never used for flooring. The history of Mintons on this site although brief contains numerous errors too.
Discovery Centre Posted on 12 Apr 2012 12:30 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Jake thanks for your feedback. We have amended the materials information, ie description,as the tiles are indeed earthenware. However, nowhere in the record do we say that the tiles were used for flooring; all of the Minton’s tiles are clearly identified as wall tiles.
Regarding the company name, all the tiles bear an inscription on their underside ‘Minton’s China Works, Stoke-on-Trent’, and they were exhibited by Minton, Hollins & Co (as recorded in the Official Record for the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition). The company was awarded a gold medal for its display of ‘ Tiles, Encaustic, Plain and Artistic'.
Joanne Warby Posted on 06 Jul 2012 9:26 AM
I was doing some genealogy research nto my husbands Keay family from Broseley on Shropshire and discovered that down the line the married into to Ward family and then the Bradburn family - John Windsor Bradburn in fact - who started his career at aged 11 at Maw and Co and then for Minton and Co as a designer of Tiles. He returned to Maw and Co and retired due to failing eyesight in 1899. The 1901 Census shows his occupation as designer at Tile works.
caroline brammeld Posted on 09 Dec 2014 7:20 AM
ive been on the team trying to save fenton town hall above one of the tiled wall there is a mosaic tiled oval shaped picture it looks like rams or goats horn with snakes round it i was wondering if you know what this sign means

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