Mid 19th Century Masons Imari Plates Circa 1850s
These are an attractive pair of Imari Masons Ironstone China plates. Miles Mason’s son, Charles James Mason patented the famous Ironstone Patent in July 1813. The heavy, hard, opaque earthenware had a crisp body and was marked with simple impressed or printed marks on the base, usually featuring the crown. In 1848 Charles James Mason became bankrupt and his possessions were sold. The moulds and patterns were purchased by Francis Morley of Shelton who was in partnership with George Ashworth from 1858-1862. This is the period we believe these plates to date to due to the omission of “Ashworth” or “Morley” in the printed mark.
The pattern is similar in style to the early Imari Mason’s Patent Ironstone China pieces such as the “Japan pattern” or “Japan basket pattern” which also features flowers in a basket with a fence in the background (Please see our early Mason’s example item number TA11155).
Measuring: Diameter 6 5/8”. Height 1”.
The plates are in excellent condition free from damage or restoration. The patterns on the front of the plates are crisp and in very good condition, some minor surface wear to the hand painted red flowers on the back of the plates.
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