10-1/2" Mason's Patent Ironstone China soup plate, transfer printed in Asian inspired motifs and decorated with polychrome enamels over the glaze. The weight is approximately one pound 14 ounces.
The transfer is black or brownish black, and features a depiction of a pheasant-type bird perched on a rock formation. There is one flowering tree in the background and another, exaggerated, flowering plant that resembles either a camellia or a peony. The border along the edge features baskets or urns of flowers. Four reserves alternate with the urn motifs -- two feature flowering plants with birds; two depict similar plants with grasshoppers.
The ironstone of this plate is heavy. The glaze is mostly smooth, with some bubbling or clumping along the edge. There are areas of crazing in the glaze. The brush stroke flowers on the back of the rim camouflage the stilt marks left during the firing of the glaze.
The name, Mason's, arching over a crown device with angled sides. Below the crown is a drape, upon which the words "Patent Ironstone China" appear. According to Godden's Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks, this mark was used in the mid-1800s. Members of the Mason family operated potteries in the Staffordshire district of Great Britain in the first two-thirds of the 19th century.
Also present within the base ring is the number "2802" hand painted in iron red enamel. Whether this mark was made in the factory or was applied by an earlier collector is not known to us.
Condition: good for its age, with no cracks or repairs that we have been able to find. There are some knife scratches in the glaze on the front, and some friction wear within the well from having been stacked. The enamel decoration on the rim is mostly in good condition, with areas of flaking off to some of the yellow, mauve and pale green colors. The central design appears to have been enameled with the same colors as the rim, but most of the lighter shades have mostly worn away. It appears that originally there was gilding on the centers of some of the flowers along the rim; this, too, has mostly worn away through normal use and washing. Please examine the photos accompanying this listing, and contact us with any questions.
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