Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England is the English china capital thanks to a rich, flourishing pottery culture that has existed for centuries. In the late 18th century, it had already become well-known for this when Thomas Minton opened his company in 1793. Known for intertwining popular fashion into his pieces, Minton’s attention to detail and beautiful patterns in his bone china and earthenware made his company a very large competitor for Spode, another china manufacturer. In 1836, Thomas Minton died, so his son Herbert took over the company. Herbert Minton brought even more success to the family firm, securing the help of many accomplished artists of the period to make the pieces truly unique. Among them were Sir Henry Cole, Leon Arnoux, Hugues Protat, John Simpson, Emile Jeannest, Augustus Pugin, and (allegedly) Prince Albert. In 1845, he went into a partnership with Michael Daintry Hollins to establish the tile-making branch of the company known as Minton Hollins & Co. Some of these ornate tiles were used in the U.S. Capitol as well as some parts of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. Minton continued to expand its staff and offerings up until Herbert died in 1858. At the arrival of the 20th century, the World Wars, financial strife, and other difficulties in the United States led Minton China to become part of the Royal Doulton group in the 1990s. Minton’s work left its mark on the china industry, with many companies looking to them for inspiration.
Minton is a must-have in any antique china collection. You may be searching for entire sets or singular pieces to finish incomplete ones. Maybe a set was bequeathed to you and one of the cups or plates has since been chipped. You can find authentic Minton china replacements here, where you can browse our expansive inventory of Minton’s beautiful patterns. Because our stock changes so frequently, our stock of Minton replacements is varied. This ensures our inventory is always fresh with pieces you didn’t see last month. If you at first can’t find that one special Minton pattern, fear not! Simply check back with us next month. Better yet, you can register your pattern with us and once we obtain it, we’ll notify you.
Vintage Minton china patterns will look stunning whether you choose to display or use them. If you have other questions about our Minton replacement china, please call us at (845) 357-0160 to speak with our knowledgeable sales staff.