An exceptional Mason’s Patent Ironstone plate with polychrome decoration in a “Famille Rose,” pattern with figures in a garden and with highly decorative border. The plate comes from a fine Estate collection of Mason’s work. Historically, this is typical of Mason’s interpretation of the Chinoiserie style wares that had been imported into Great Britain by the East India Company. Oddly, the faces of the figures have a somewhat Caucasian look to them as opposed to an Asian look, a charming reminder that the figures were painted by Englishmen instead of Asians.
The plate is in excellent age appropriate condition with minor wear to the paint decoration; size 8 ½” D.
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.