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c1882 Ironstone Dish in Blue Denmark Pattern by Thomas Furnival (All Sold Out)
Antique double handled dish in the Blue Denmark pattern by Thomas Furnival & Sons with molded vine border, fine molded ribbing, leaf-style handle terminal attachments and a matching molded vine border along its base. This pattern is very popular and goes under several different names depending on the manufacturer. These are comparatively large dishes that can be used to accent a mantle or table and can also be used as a center piece or planter. Originally, there were two available, but all have been sold and so the write-up is for informational purposes only.
The blue Denmark pattern is a simple motif that is also related to the popular Blue onion pattern as noted below. The blue decoration on this dish looks hand painted, although in this case, it is transfer printed. The manufacturers name, `FURNIVAL' was impressed in upper case letters on the underside of the example that was sold. This remaining example for sale here has no Furnival mark but is identical to the other dish. The impressed Furnival mark was used by Thomas Furnival & Sons from 1871 to 1889. In 1890, the firm changed its name to Furnivals with an `s' and then also added England to the mark in 1891. The mark on the sold dish dish indicates that these dishes were produced in Cobridge, Staffordshire in the 1880s (there was an impressed 82 for the year 1882 on the base of the sold dish). Originally, these dishes would have served as a tureens, bowls or shallow compotes. The rim indicates that these dishes were also designed to seat covers. The price quoted above is for the last remaining dish (insured shipping is added to the price noted).
The Blue Denmark pattern is one of a related group of patterns that were fashionable in the mid to late 1800s and then remained popular for the next 100 years. Related patterns include the Blue Onion, Blue Danube, Zwielbelmuster, and Blue Copenhagen. The Blue Onion pattern is the oldest of this genre and its origin has been traced back to Meissen and about 1727 as an adaptation of an even older aster motif seen on Chinese porcelain from the late Ming dynasty (Wan-li). The Blue Denmark pattern is a simplification of the Blue Onion pattern and as this dish illustrates, the Blue Denmark is very appealing for its simplicity and conservative motifs. And as noted, this dish will display well as a center piece on table, fireplace mantle or on an upper shelf of a hutch. If placed at chest level, the ribs and blue printed pattern catch ones eye and with stone fruit, flowers or green foliage, the dish creates a very pleasing decorative accent. And so whether you collect blue and white ironstone, Chinese export wares, or other antiques from the mid to late 1800s, this dish will blend in with them all and can be filled with seasonal trappings, fruit, cookies or flowers. Thanks for visiting and do come back again soon when you have more time. And as always, this dish also comes with my Docs Antiques `100%' satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see below for full details).
SIZE: This tureen measures a maximum 12 1/2 inches long (handle to handle) and it stands 3 inches tall along the rim or 3 5/8 inches at each handle. The maximum width of the dish is 8 inches across at the rim in the middle. The dish sits on an oval base that measures 6 5/8 by 4 7/8 inches. The dish is perfect size for displaying on a table, mantle or shelf and can be filled with fruit, flowers, seasonal treats or potpourri.
CONDITION: This ironstone dish is in good condition and has no major chips, cracks, hairlines, star cracks, major scratches, repairs or restorations. The only declaration to mention that keeps this dish from being as perfect as the day it was removed from a Staffordshire kiln some 135 years ago is some very minor and light staining inside the bowl that does not show up in the photos (see all photos). The glaze itself is shiny and bright and like many Staffordshire pieces from the 1800s, exhibits minor crazing that is also not readily noticeable unless viewed up close. A better double handled 130 year old antique ironstone dish would be hard to find today without paying a lot more than what is asked here.
SHIPPING: All mainland US buyers pay just $10.20 for well packed, insured USPS Standard Post shipping (this is an estimated savings of about $1 to $3 since insurance & tracking are also INCLUDED in the above quoted amount for all mainland US addresses). See also the Priority shipping option if you need the dish delivered more quickly. Docs Antiques never charges more than it actually costs to ship the item to you and we will refund any excess should you live near us. All international buyers will pay only the exact shipping costs for all verifiable locations outside the continental US mainland. Please note that import duties, taxes and other charges are not included in the item price or shipping costs and these additional charges are the Buyer's responsibility. We do offer a petition for VAT relief on the behalf of the buyer which may help reduce certain import taxes should your country allow such petitions for items over 100 years old. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to purchasing this item -- thanks.
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