Octagonal paneled Mason's Ironstone jug, unmarked except for '36' inscribed on base which likely places its production sometime between 1807 and 1813. Charles Mason registered Mason's patent for "the improvement in manufacture of English porcelain" in 1813 and items made afterward were typically proudly stamped with a 'Mason's Patent Ironstone China' mark.
Mason's made these hydra handle jugs in graduated sizes and with varying decorative designs, this example is petite at 3 3/4 inches tall, 3 1/2 across at widest portion of the jug, 2 1/4 inch base and 3 1/2 across spout and handle. It has a deep Mazarine blue ground decorated with fanciful gilt designs on alternating top and bottom sections of four panels, with gilt edges on rim and handle.
Wear is visible to gilding on curve of handle (both sides) and also around the rim, otherwise in excellent condition, no chips or cracks. Considering the jug is over 200 years old its nice condition is a testament to the truly resilient nature of Mason's Ironstone formula.
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