1820's Chunky Georgian Masons Ironstone Imari Chinoiserie Spill Vase
This is a beautiful and chunky old 9" tall English pottery Ironstone Mason's spill vase in the oriental style, dating from the 1820's Georgian, pre Victorian era. It is marked with a small black triangle, which is often seen on other early Mason's pieces from that time period.
It features Imari colours and transferware Chinoiserie designs. It has typically Mason like hydra mazarine or cobalt blue double handles, with thick gold gilt or gilding enamel decoration. each handle has an orange mask jug type face. It is heavy and impressive. See it photographed next to an old thimble to show the relative size.
It is a chunky and substantial 2 handled vase. Condition is clean and beautiful. There is a tight firing line inside, invisible from the outside of the vase, see our photo. Other than this, there are small firing imperfections as seen in general on early Mason's ware, but there are no chips or repairs. It is impressive.
This is spill vase made to be kept on the fireplace mantle. It would contain thin wooded tapers, and "spills" for transferring fire from one area to another, such as lighting a pipe from the actual fire. Vintage spill vases are a collecting field on their own.
This vase was found in Newton Abbott, Devon, England with a beautiful old early orange and black Pekin Japan pattern Mason hydra jug or pitcher that we also have on our site, and a lily hydra Mason jug. It is from the same era and from the same location and they were found together. It has the same small black transferware circular scroll embellishment decoration as seen on the Pekin jug in photos. We do not know the name of this spill vase pattern, do you? Click images to see condition in close up views. A scarce piece. See 2 other Masons pieces found with this spill vase here and here.
Size: 9 inches tall x 5 inches wide with handles
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