Offered for sale is a large blue and white Mason's Patent Ironstone Meat Platter with tree well. The pattern is known as Turners Willow. It is fully marked, dating 1813-20, using Mark number 3. It is in amazingly good condition with no crazing or discoloration and comes from a fine Estate collection of Mason's china. There are a few firing flaws inherent in the piece, which include a 3" line at the bottom of the well.
Charles James Mason registered his Patent Ironstone China trademark in 1813. Mr. Mason was an astute entrepreneur who had already been involved in the import of porcelain 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 the 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.
Size: 20 ¼" Length x 16 ½" Width.
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