Minton majolica gun-dog game pie dish
Circa 1849 Minton & Co. developed glazes and technology to produce what is known today as lead-glazed Victorian Majolica. Coloured lead-glazes were applied simultaneously to the 'biscuit' body to be fired just once in a new downdraught design of oven to produce the vibrantly coloured, hard-wearing, multi-purpose, whimsical, naturalistic, inexpensive earthenware of which this game pie dish is a beautiful example. Lead-glazed majolica became the most fashionable pottery of the period for home and garden, decorative and useful wares, from elaborate garden fountains to ring-holders and patch boxes, to ornamental figures, to dog bowls and spitoons. Minton's lead-glaze earthenware recipes and technology were copied world-wide.