For sale is an early 20th century Masons ironstone luncheon plate in their popular India Grasshopper Blue With Color pattern. The plate features a floral sprig border with a large Oriental floral bouquet in the center. The underglaze cobalt blues are stepped up with overglaze red and green enamels.
Charles James Mason registered his Patent Ironstone China trademark in 1813. Mr. Mason was an astute entrepreneur who had already been involved in the early 18th century porcelain import trade from China by the East India Company. When bulk imports basically stopped in the late 18th century, Mr. Mason turned his skills to the manufacture of ceramics in the “Chinese style.” Ironstone, a dense opaque, earthenware, lent itself well to decoration in under-glaze blues as well as the over-glaze enamels. Mason’s wares were an instant success and have remained highly desirable with collectors for almost 200 years. Their decorative patterns, many in a primitive Chinoiserie style, remain unsurpassed for their charm and earthy beauty.
The plate is in good condition with minor crazing to the front and one minor chip to the edge in the back.
Size: 9 1/2” Diameter.