These pâte-sur-Pâte classical style 22k-carat gold gilded cameo portrait vases from Minton, Stoke-on-Trent, England are by famous Minton artist Albion Birks. The vases are baluster shape each with a pate-sur-pate cameo portrait plaques on dark olive ground. Each cameo is surrounded by gold beading, the vases are further enhanced with neoclassical laurel, floral and fruit motifs. Gilded top rim, base and handles. Both plaques signed "A. Birks" for Albion Birks.
Pate-sur-pate is a French term meaning "paste on paste". It is a method of porcelain decoration in which a relief design is created on an unfired, unglazed body by applying successive layers of white slip or liquid clay with a brush. While the effect is somewhat similar to other types of relief decoration, unlike Jasperware,for which Wedgwood is famous, a mold is not used, and the artist is able to achieve translucency. The pate-sur pate-technique was developed in France. The technique was perfected at Minton by Louis Solon, a former Sevres artist.
Albion Birks was the last Minton pate-sur-pate artist to apprentice under the legendary Louis Solon, pieces similar to these were shown in the Minton Museum (see Bonhams, "Masterpieces of Minton", July 23, 2002) Similar pieces are also documented "The Vine Pottery, Birks Rawlings and Co. Influences from Minton and Spode-Copeland", pages 33 and 36, Albion Birks has pieces in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, that can be seen on their website,
Height: 7 1/2",
Width at Base: 2 1/4",
Width at Widest Point: 4",
Width at Rim: 2 3/8",
Condition: both vases with rim repairs and touch-up to gilding on rims.
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Pair of Minton Pate-sur-Pate Vases