c. 1825 Small Mason's Georgian Oriental Ironstone Platter w/ Comb Back
This is a small and beautiful early oriental inspired 10" Georgian era ironstone platter made by the illustrious Mason family in Staffordshire, England circa 1825. The early mark on this platter is the circa 1825 transfer printed Crown with Banner, with the typical 1820's smooth crown shape. The mark is interestingly printed in a subtle brown or puce colour that we have not seen before.
The Georgian era is a period in British history from 1714 to about 1830–37, named after the monarchies of Kings George I, George II, George III and George IV. It predates the reign of Queen Victoria in 1837, which is then called the Victorian era.
Miles Mason 1752–1822 was a London entrepreneur who imported porcelain from China at the height of the Chinese Export era. At this time, the elite wanted Oriental and Chinese design. When the imports began become harder to obtain, he moved to the "Minerva Works" in Lane Delph, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Mason and his sons produced a product they called "Ironstone". Miles was interested in retiring and his son Charles James Mason patented the famous "Patent Ironstone China" in 1813.
By 1815, Mile's 2 sons, George Miles Mason 1789-1859 and Charles James Mason 1791-1856 moved to the larger works to Victoria Place, in Fenton at the junction of Victoria Road, City Road & King Street, Staffordshire. They flourished there as their new English made Chinoiserie ironstone ware took off. In the late 1850's the company waned and Charles died in 1856. George Leach Ashworth 1799-1861 bought the company for his sons around 1859 and it subsequently had many owners and partners, retaining the famous Mason name.
This small original Mason platter has transferware designs in soft puce, with light and dark orange, gold gilt and navy blues, much in the Imari inspired style. We have placed a thimble next to the platter on one of the photos, to show relative small size. The condition is clean and shiny with no chips, cracks or repairs, beautiful original condition. It is the typical white ironstone colour with early Georgian English and Chinoiserie transfer coloured embellishments. This beautiful old platter was found in Buckfastleigh, Devon, England.
Size: 10 x 8 inches
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