This is a wonderful and quite rare example of the early antique translucent porcelain teawares produced by Miles Mason (1752-1822). The 'pseudo chinese' mark was used only by Miles Mason, the founder of Mason's Ironstone China, and would date this piece between 1807 - 1813.
This little dish is the 'Broseley Willow' pattern in the Oriental chinoiserie style and was most likely transfer printed. The depth of the blue of the highly intricate design on this dish is still very striking with no wear or fading at all. The top rim of this piece is slightly scalloped. For a piece of this age, the condition is near perfect with no chips or crazing. A very fine, short hairline can be felt on the left hand side of the interior of the base of the dish but this can only be seen under intense magnification. Bottom rim wear is extremely light and there is no discoloration whatsoever.
Diameter is 5 1/4 inches by 1 1/8 inches high/deep. As is typical of the Georgian age, there is no recessed well in the saucer for a cup to sit in.
Mason's story is interesting for his time. He began work at his father in law's thriving retail business selling imported Oriental porcelain in London and eventually took over the running of that business. However, in 1791 when the East India Company ceased the mass importation of oriental porcelain, this industrious man decided to begin manufacturing his own wares to sell in the shop. Several partnerships with other 'potters' followed but in 1800 Mason began the production of porcelain on his own account at a works in Fenton, Staffordshire. He originally produced a 'greyish' hard-paste porcelain which emulated the Oriental ceramics he had retailed with such success but also used a newly discovered white bone china during the early 1800's.
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