Antique Mason's Patent Ironstone China 12 inch long tureen with original cover from the 1845 to 1865 period (hence c1855). The pattern is a variant of an older Mason's Japan Imari style pattern from the 1815 to 1825 period, however the overglaze decoration is hand painted over an outline of all major elements transfer printed under-the-glaze using a monochrome purplish brown pigment (same purplish color as the transfer printed Mason's Patent Ironstone China mark on the base of the Tureen, see all photos). The only other underglaze elements in the pattern are the tree trunks and solid reserves all hand painted in a deep royal blue (see photos). The use of burnished gold is modest and it graces only the fruited knop on the cover and the four handle terminals on the bottom bowl. The end result is a nicely executed Japan-Imari pattern that rivals the best of the original Mason's Patent Ironstone China that were entirely hand painted (see Reginald Haggar and Elizabeth Adams 1977 `Mason Porcelain & Ironstone 1796-1853'; see also Geoffrey Godden 1984 `Godden's Guide to Mason's China and the Ironstone Wares').
This tureen is being offered at a discount because the center section of each handle has been broken off and now are missing. This damage probably occurred more than 125 years ago because each remaining handle terminal has two or three drilled holes from being repaired long ago using brass staples. But probably due to the heavy weight of the tureen and cover, these repairs worked loose over time until some previous owner simply removed them. The cover and its large gilded and molded finial have no damage and when set in place make the tureen a wonderful antique for display or even use. However, given the damaged handles on the main body of the tureen, this antique covered tureen is being offered at a discount. And the missing section of each handle is not readily noticeable either when the long face of the tureen is viewed straight on or from a more tangential perspective as the photos also illustrate.
There are other notable attributes that also make this antique tureen stand out visually. Both the tureen basin and its cover have a molded band of gadrooning that add distinction. The gadrooning is a variant of the bead and reel border patterns first popular on silver in the mid 1700s and then copied by Staffordshire potters on fine white salt-glazed stoneware, mottled and clouded Whieldon wares and subsequently Queensware (creamware). Gadroon borders came back into style on ironstone china and felspathic stoneware during the first quarter of the 1800s.
As noted above, the other decoration on this tureen includes hand painted overglazed elements following a skeletal outline that is transfer printed under the glaze. The underglaze printed outlines were pulled from a copper plate that was both line engraved and rough stippled engraved for delineating the outlines of the leaves, trees, flowers and Japanned elements in the design. And all of the colorful overglaze enameling was carefully done by hand using either opaque or transparent enamels. The opaque overglaze enamels include a rich iron red, an egg yolk yellow and a dull caramel yellow as well as an underglaze a deep royal blue. The transparent overglaze enamels consist of a watery green, bright yellow, watery purple, grayish blue, clean white. Finally, there is also a painted bright overglaze gold that was subsequently hand burnished. When one considers the range of colors used along with the gilding, this tureen and cover were placed in a kiln at least four separate times to achieve the final results (this includes all muffle kiln firings, too with the last being used to fix the gold).
The purple Mason's Patent Ironstone China banner mark and crown on the base of the tureen basin is one of the original marks used by Charles J Mason in the 1815 to 1845 period (see Godden 1964: Marks #2529 and #2530 pages 417 and 418; Haggar and Adams 1977: Mark #25 and Crown #29, page 111; etc.). Both Francis Morley and G.L. Ashworth continued using these early C.J. Mason marks and this tureen is likely from their use of the older Mason's molds in the 1845 to 1865 period. The crown on this mark is of a style not seen on any of the wares produced after 1865. Ashworth added their name to their use of the older Mason's marks and then added England below the banner in 1891 (see Godden 1964: Marks #144 and #145, page 38). This tureen is a wonderful example of the hand painted Japan Imari patterns that is at least 145 years old. And as always, this tureen also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: The tureen with cover in place stands about 8 tall to the top of its finial. The tureen basin (bottom section) measures about 5 1/8 inches tall along its outer rim edge and is 12 inches long by a maximum 9 7/8 inches wide across the rim. The cover is 10 1/4 inches long by 8 1/4 inches wide and seats perfectly on the inner rim ledge of the tureen basin. The two pieces together weigh a total 6 1/4 lbs and when properly packed, the final box will weigh around 8.5 to 9.5 lbs. This covered tureen is a nice size for displaying as a center piece or on a shelf, counter, table or mantle and will certainly capture attention in most any setting.
CONDITION: The tureen and cover are in very good condition with just one declaration to mention as noted above: both handles have their central section missing (see all photos). In the 1800s, the handles were staple repaired however many years ago a previous owner removed the staples and discarded the broken sections. Despite this, the tureen displays well and when oriented along its long axis, the remaining handle terminals hide the fact that part of each handle is missing (see all photos). And because the cover is perfect with no damage and the tureen basin has no other damage and no stains, chips, hairlines, spider cracks Internal fissures) , major scratches, repairs or restoration, the tureen displays well. The overglaze gilding and hand enameling is more than 99.5% intact and a better example would be hard to find today without paying another $400 to $700. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this covered tureen for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
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