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VERY RARE ANTIQUE MINTON c.1840 BROWN / SEPIA “GENEVESE OPAQUE CHINA” Strainer | British & Far East Traders Lifestyle & Shopping Blog
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VERY RARE ANTIQUE MINTON c.1840 BROWN / SEPIA “GENEVESE OPAQUE CHINA” Strainer

    

VERY RARE MINTON OPAQUE CHINA STRAINER

“GENEVESE” C. 1840 SEPIA / BROWN COLOUR
HOMEWARE | KITCHENALIA  | 
ENGLISH / ENGLAND  | CERAMICS |
LIFESTYLE | HERITAGE | HISTORY  CULTURE 
  

DETAILS: 

 

MEASUREMENTS:
12 1/4 inches x 8 3/4 inches
 
MAKER’S / MANUFACTURER’S MARKS:
“GENEVESE” OPAQUE CHINA
Cursive M signifying “MINTON”
 
“GENEVESE” referring to GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
The scene of the painting depicts TRADITIONAL SWISS BUILDINGS
 
IMPRESSED: 16 (perhaps pattern number)
Bust of a man / woman
 
NOTES / OTHER DETAILS:
Comes fitted with a hanging wire for wall display
6 base feet
Pierced ceramic serves as a strainer
 
WHY BLACK NOT BLUE?
 
Most ANTIQUE CERAMICS are underglazed in either
BLUES, REDS, or GREENS.
The popularity of CHINESE / JAPANESE EXPORT WARES
made the WESTERN POTTERIES  emulate their styles, colours, and designs. 
 
One possible explanation why BROWN, almost black antique ceramics
are VERY RARE is because they were never meant to be put out to the market. 
Most of their contemporaries will be in the familiar BLUE UNDERGLAZE
which means it was a finished product. 
 
“The process used to produce underglaze means that blue colouring 
is sealed beneath the surface glaze of the porcelain
and therefore cannot discolour or wear off.
Finely powdered cobalt oxide, a black pigment,
is mixed with oil and painted or transfer-printed
directly onto unglazed “biscuit” porcelain.
To prevent blurring, 
an initial firing fixes the colour onto the surface,
which is then covered with a sticky glaze of
finely powdered glass.
When fired again, 
the cobalt oxide reacts with molten glass,
becoming the silicate form of cobalt,
and turns from black to blue”.
 
SOURCE: MILLER’S ANTIQUES ENCYCLOPEDIA
2002 CHANCELLOR PRESS, LONDON 
   
 
 
  
 
 
   
   
   
   

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