English entrepreneurs often imitated Chinese Export porcelains with quite a bit of originality and flair, but sometimes they simply copied a design they liked. This serving dish in the European style of Chinoiseries is simply an early nineteenth century copy by Mason, but it loses nothing in its charm and unsophisticated approach. The last photo (sorry for the poor quality) shows an original Chinese platter in this pattern from the early nineteenth century. Similar platters were the source of the Mason design. The Mason piece is twelve inches long and has no damage except slight wear from use. It is unmarked, but this pattern is attributed to Mason in the Reginald Haggar and Elizabeth Adams book "Mason Porcelain & Ironstone 1796-1853" and illustrated in plate 46. It is very interesting that the English factory not only tried to imitate the front decoration in Chinese Export style but also the reverse. Note that there is a stain above the tree on the right side, successfully blending in as part of the branches.
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