Pair of Vases

Minton's pottery and porcelain factory, Decoration attributed to Henry Hollins

About 1882

Pâte-sur-pâte (paste on paste) is a French term used to describe painting on porcelain in a semi-fluid white slip, or liquid clay. Successive applications are made to build up the design in slight relief in white on a colored ground, and the details are then carved by hand before firing. The technique was used in China during the eighteenth century and was introduced at the royal French factory at Sèvres around 1851. It was brought to England by Marc-Louis Solon (1835-1912), who left the Sèvres factory during the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71) to work at Minton. Henry Hollins was one of Solon’s students, who occasionally signed his work.