Offered for sale is a large early 19th century Mason's patent Ironstone meat platter in a Japan pattern of decorated Pagodas. The platter is embellished in one of Mason's Chinoiserie themes mimicking the popular patterns found on porcelain imported from China and Japan during the latter part of the 18th century into the early 19th century. The underglaze dark green is more rare than pieces found in the more common underglaze cobalt blues.
Charles James Mason registered his Patent Ironstone China trademark in 1813. Mr. Mason was an astute entrepreneur who had already been involved in the early 18th century porcelain import trade from China by the East India Company. When bulk imports basically stopped in the late 18th century, Mr. Mason turned his skills to the manufacture of ceramics in the "Chinese style." Ironstone, a dense opaque earthenware, lent itself well to decoration in under-glaze blues as well as the over-glaze enamels. Mason's wares were an instant success and have remained highly desirable with collectors for almost 200 years. Their decorative patterns, many in a primitive Chinoiserie style, remain unsurpassed for their charm and earthy beauty.
The platter is in excellent condition with minor enamel wear consistent with age. It looks stunning displayed on a stand or hung on the wall.
Size: 18 ½" Length by 14 ¾" Width.
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