Minton aesthetic movement plate
Minton - 1895
This plate, painted in the centre with a tranquil river scene, is surrounded by superb raised gilding with bronze and platinum highlights. This style of gilding was popular at Minton from the 1870s, having been inspired by the aesthetic movement, and was used on a variety of different wares.
Plates are really the canvases of the ceramic world, allowing artists space to create their masterpieces. Unlike vases or cups, they can make use of the flat surface to perfect details of the composition whilst giving ample room for borders and other textured areas.