Antique Mason’s Patent Ironstone China plate (early impressed linear mark) with restrained blue and gold overglaze hand enameling from about 200 years ago. The molded rim and marly pattern on this Masons plate is unusual and has several attributes more typical of mid 1700s European porcelain than 1820 English ironstone (see Photos). For example, the outer rim edge on this plate has a raised rim lip, a feature more common in the mid 1700s on English white salt glaze and clouded Whieldon wares than 1820 English plates. This ironstone plate listed here also has six repetitive brackets made up of two lobes each that meet in the center to form a small apex or point (cf. Photos 3 and 9 to Photo 4). These six brackets create a hexafoil rim pattern or plate blank. Each of the six bi-lobed rim brackets are set apart by rim notches that are further accented by a raised marly rib to form a radial divide (see Photo 8). Each of the six rim brackets starts and stops with a radial marly divide (see Photos 2 and 9).
Marly divides were fashionable on some Meissen porcelain plates and platters in the 1730s, on French faience and porcelain plates and platters by the 1750s, English Queensware (aka creamware) by the late 1760s. The use of a hexafoil rim pattern (six brackets) set apart by marly divides on an ironstone plate in 1820 explains why this plate stands out as both unusual and appealing in comparison to its contemporary plates. The constrained use of gold to accent the shaded and blue outlined carnations (see all Photos) is also why this plate still carries appeal today when its contemporaries were either heavily gilded and densely painted Imari Japan patterns or completely covered with transfer printed patterns from outer rim edge to the center of the well.
This plate has ‘MASON’S PATENT IRONSTONE CHINA’ clearly impressed in all upper case letters in a single line using printers type across the back of this plate (see Photo 7). The mark was only used by the Mason’s factory for about 10 years running from 1815 to 1825, however this particular plate shape or blank was in fashion for an even shorter period between 1815 and 1820 based on a review of the available literature (e.g., see Haggar and Adams 1977: pages 111; see also Plates 92 to 144). And so if you are looking for a nice early Mason’s ironstone plate popular before 1820, then make sure you seriously consider purchasing this example in a particular hard to find size while it is still available. And as always, this plate also comes with my Docs Antiques full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund.. You also have the option to request a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as requested (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This plate has a maximum rim diameter of 8.5 inches and stands 1 inch tall along its outer edge. It has an interior well bottom that is 5 3/4 inches across (diameter) and sits on a thick foot rim that has a diameter of about 5 9/16 inches across (see Photo 6). It is a durable ironstone plate that weighs 1 1/4 lbs empty and will have a final shipping weight of about 2.5 lbs after special packing. The plate is in very good condition with no chips, hairlines, cracks, stains, deep scratches, or repairs. Wear is present but limited to the tops of the raised marly divides and to some of the decoration in the bottom of the well. Still, this plate display exceptionally well and the overglaze enamel gold and blue is more than 97% intact (see all Photos) and visible utensil scratches are limited less than a dozen short ones only visible up close under strong light. Of course, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this plate for a refund (see our complete return policy for full details as noted below).
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