14 - 15 April 2011
A MINTONS MAJOLICA SHELL-FORM CENTERPIECE, 'FLOWER-BEARERS'
DATE CYPHER FOR 1878, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK, SHAPE NO. 1182 AND CYPHERS
Modeled as a scallop shell flanked by mermaid supports, their hair applied with lily-pads and spilling into the interior of the cistern, all supported by two smaller shells among sea grasses, on an oval base
17½ in. (44.4 cm.) wide
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This design was chosen by Minton to represent their majolica at several important exhibitions in the late 19th century, including South Kensington (1871), Vienna (1873), Philadelphia (1876) and at the Imperial Institute in London in 1894.
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