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c1850 Copper Luster Octagonal Ironstone Sugar Bowl & Cover in Classic Gothic
Antique bluish tint white ironstone octagonal covered sugar bowl with simple copper luster bands and luster accented handles from the 1845 to 1855 period. This bowl is in the classic Gothic pattern with eight side panels that are embellished with molded horizontal bands and cordons. The Classic Gothic shape on white ironstone was produced by many potteries in Great Britain starting in the early 1840s and continuing into through the 1850s. In fact, the Gothic shape is found with flow mulberry and flow blue transfer prints, hand painted polychrome decoration, Copper Luster decoration as well as hand painted Pinwheel, Teaberry/Tealeaf and Thistle & Berry motifs. The sugar blow listed here has the Copper Luster Band motif. The base and cover also have well defined molded ridges that help make the bowl stand out visually. Also, this sugar bowl has its original cover which is topped by an angular octagonal finial with copper dashes. The bowl is also appealing because its two handles are placed on the divide or ridge running between two adjacent panels rather than set in the middle of a panel. The handles are stylized three lobed knobs with foliate terminals.
While many refer to ironstone as white ironstone, this sugar bowl and cover are actually bluish-gray in tint rather than pure white (see all photos). Bluish-gray tinted ironstone in simple geometric and paneled shapes such as Gothic was popular in the 1840s and 1850s. The use of copper luster is very restrained on this bowl with only three bands and then simple linear dashes or accents along each handle and its finial (see all photos). The copper lustre is more than 99% intact and when one looks closely at it using a hand lens or loupe, one will notice that it is formed by painting pink luster over top a dark chocolate brown enamel. Some Staffordshire potteries painted pink luster over a dark green while others painted it over dark chocolate brown to achieve the same effect – copper luster. The brown and green enamels are often under the glaze.
This sugar bowl has no makers marks or impressed names on it except for a tiny impressed `O' on the base (probably a workman's mark). However, the physical characteristics of the finial on the cover, the extra ridges and molded bands on the base and cover and the handle shapes suggest that this sugar bowl may have been made by John Alcock (see Jean Wetherbee 1985: page 35 top photo with coffee pot) or Jacob Furnival & Co. (see Dawn Stoltzfus and Jeffrey B. Snyder 1997: page 42, middle photo, sugar bowl is identical in size, finial and handles). Alcock was in business from 1853 to 1861 and Furnival operated from 1845 to 1870. This particular sugar bowl in the classic Gothic form with copper luster dates from the 1845 to 1855 period which falls within either of the two makers noted above. If any viewer has this same identical sugar bowl with an impressed factory or maker's name on it, please drop me a note and let me know whose name it is – thanks. Finally and as always, this sugar blow and cover also come with my Docs Antiques `100%' satisfaction guarantee or you may return it for a refund (see full details below).
SIZE: This sugar bowl stands 8 inches tall with its cover on (5 3/8 inches tall with cover off) and measures 6 inches maximum across from one handle to the other. The base measures a maximum 5 1/2 inches across while the rim measures a maximum 5 1/4 inches across at its outer most lip. The round opening that seats the cover has a diameter of about 3 1/4 inches. The sugar bowl with cover in pace weighs just over 2 lbs empty. This ironstone covered sugar is a perfect size for displaying on counter or table or along a shelf or mantle and will certainly capture attention in any setting.
CONDITION: This sugar bowl and original cover are in very good condition with no major defects and no chips, no hairlines, no star cracks , no repairs and no restorations. There is minor wear along the basal molded bands and ridges and some minor staining on the inside of the bowls opening and underside of the cover, neither of which are visible when the cover is set in place. The handles have no chips and the finial on the top of the cover is perfect. The copper luster is more than 99% intact. This is a nice example of Gothic white ironstone decorated in Copper Luster band that would be hard to find in better condition or for less than what is asked here. And if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this covered sugar for a refund (see our refund policy noted below for details, shipping costs are not refundable).
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