Antique early Mason’s patent ironstone plate with all overglaze hand painted polychrome decoration and gold luster from the 1815 to 1825 period, hence c1820. There are four butterflies and an assortment of flowers and leaves. It is marked with the early impressed linear ‘MASON’S PATENT IRONSTONE CHINA’ on the inside of its base (see all Photos). The decoration on this plate is an adaptation of Oriental motifs (both Japanese Imari and Chinese Qianlong motifs, etc.) from the 1700s and subsequent western European imitations (iron red Rouen faience motifs , etc.). The green and red color scheme is reminiscence of Chinese Famille Verte export porcelain. The end result is a an attractive juxtaposition of western and Asian decorative motifs on an early 1800s ironstone plate. The rope border and the row of honey combs complement the overall pattern. Burnished gold lustre is used sparingly and the last Photo shows how its limited application enhances the design (last Photo shows a flower center and few petals that are gilded).
This plate is from a dessert service rather than a dinner service. A lobed and handled sweet meat or pickle dish in this same pattern is shown in Reginald Haggar and Elizabeth Adams’ 1977 reference on Mason’s wares in Plate 114 (see Mason Porcelain & Ironstone 1796-1853 by Haggar and Adams and published by Faber & Faber). The plate listed has an unusually molded shape. That is, it has six raised marly divides that are each separated by a recessed indentation. The outer most rim edge has a slight rim lip and is divided into six bilobed segments.
The decoration on this plate is all hand painted and there are more than three thousand individual brush strokes required to complete all the elements. The decoration on the shoulder below the marly that consists of a single row of honey comb cells has about 1300 brush strokes (each cell has 30 individual brush strokes and there are 44 cells = 30 x 44 = 1320 brush strokes). The amount of time to hand paint each vessel would have made the service rather expensive to produce. The enamel colors are dominated by iron red and translucent green, but also include traces of watery blue, yellow, black, pink, and gold luster. The gold is burnished and not overused like many early 1800s Staffordshire wares but tastefully limited to a few central flower heads, petals and minor elements. The rim edge was given a Batavia light brown wash mimicking Chinese Export porcelain of the previous century.
This Mason’s ironstone plate will display well and attract attention in most any setting. And as always, this plate also comes with my Docs Antiques ‘no fault’ 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see return policy below for full details). Plates from this same pattern are often listed for $350 each today since both the molded plate shape and the hand painted pattern are so unusual.
SIZE: This plate has a maximum diameter of 8 5/8 inches and it stands about 1 inch tall right along its rim. It has a footring with a diameter of about 5 1/8 inches across . The plate is a nice size for displaying on a shelf, mantle, out in the open, on a table or in a china cabinet and is guaranteed to attract conversation.
CONDITION: Although this plate is about 200 years old, it has no damage, stains, hairlines, repairs, restoration. major utensil cuts, or chips. It is in excellent condition with just some minor wear on the interior to the gold gilding and few small spots of green and red (see all photos). Still, over 99.5% of all the overglaze enamel decoration is intact and a better example would be hard to find today without paying $100 to 200 more than what is asked here. Of course, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this plate for a refund (see our refund policy noted below).
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