Antique Early Minton Staffordshire Two Color Blue & Purple Transferware Tile Aesop's Fables


Brand Minton


Aesop's Fables

Circa 1870


For consideration is this stunning antique transferware tile dating to the mid-late 1800's by Minton.  The tile is part of a series of fables from Aesop or Fontaine, containing more than 12 different illustrated tiles which would have been used to decorate a nursery or mantel.

A slave named Androcles once escaped from his master and fled to the forest.  As he was wandering about he came upon a Lion lying down moaning & groaning.  At first he turned to flee, but finding that the Lion did not pursue him, he turned back and went up to him.  As he came near, the Lion put out his paw, which was all swollen & bleeding.  Androcles discovered that a huge thorn had got into it & was causing all the pain.  He pulled out the thorn & bound up the paw of the Lion, who was soon able to rise & lick the hand of Androcles like a dog.  Then the Lion took Androcles to his cave & every day used to bring him meat from which to live.  But shortly afterwards both Androcles & the Lion were captured & the slave was sentenced to be thrown to the Lion, after the latter had been kept without food for several days.  The Emperor & all his Court came to see the spectacle & Androcles was led out into the middle of the arena.  Soon the Lion was let loose from his den, & rushed bounding & roaring towards his victim.  But as soon as he came near Androcles, he recognized his friend, fawned upon him and licked his hands like a friendly dog.  The Emperor, surprised at this, summoned Androcles, who told him the whole story.  Whereupon the slave was pardoned & freed.  The Lion was let loose to his native forest.

The moral of the story: 


The outer border is a blue transfer of geometric shapes with scrolls and shells.  The scene is octagon shaped, painted outside with a mustard frame and itself is a purple transfer with hand painted shading of green.  Striking colors.  Very hard to find!!!

Minton's is one of the oldest names in English ceramics and was a major  manufacturing company, originating with Thomas Minton(1765–1836) the founder of "Thomas Minton and Sons", who established his pottery factory in Stoke Upon Trent, Staffordshire, England, in 1793, producing earthenware. He formed a partnership, Minton & Poulson, c.1796, with Joseph Poulson who made bone china from c.1798 in his closely located factory.  When Poulson died in 1808, Minton carried on alone, using Poulson's pottery for china until 1816. He built a new china pottery in 1824. The products are more often referred to as "Minton", as in Minton china.  In 1968 Mintons Ltd. became a subsidiary of Doulton Fine China Ltd. and the name continued as a Doulton (Wedgwood since 2005) brand.

Measures 6" x 6"

Condition: Good, some scuffing here and there and a few nibbles around the outer edges which you can see in the pictures.

Marked on back: MINTON HOLLINS & Co Patent Tile Works Stoke On Trent No2