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Mason’s Patent Ironstone
by G. L. Ashworth & Bros.
English

‘Pheasant’ dinner plate

Circa 1910

Ironstone

10 3/8 in. Dm x 1 1/4 in. H (26.4 cm Dm x 3.2 cm H)

$295.00

Filled with chinoiserie imagery, this Masons Ashworth ironstone dinner plate makes a bold statement with a striking orange glaze underneath cobalt, turquoise, and gold details. The connection to China doesn’t stop with the pattern design. The fabric of this plate, ironstone, was created as a less expensive but no less beautiful alternative to Chinese porcelain.

Filled with chinoiserie imagery, this Masons Ashworth ironstone dinner plate makes a bold statement with a striking orange glaze underneath cobalt, turquoise, and gold details. The connection to China doesn’t stop with the pattern design. The fabric of this plate, ironstone, was created as a less expensive but no less beautiful alternative to Chinese porcelain.

Essay

Ironstone was so named after its durability and “iron” strength; at one point historians erroneously thought the clay recipe contained iron. In actuality, ironstone is a vitrified earthenware. Many English and American factories produced ironstone, and monikers for this ware abounded: English porcelain, new stone, opaque porcelain, semiporcelain, stone china, and white granite were all used to refer to different recipes for ironstone. The allusion to Chinese porcelain as well as iron strength is quite evident in these terms, reiterating the desired connection to both porcelain and durability.

William Turner of Longton, Staffordshire successfully manufactured the first ironstone wares in 1800. Upon his factory’s bankruptcy, Turner sold his patent for ironstone to Josiah Spode II, who beginning around 1813 began producing “Stone China” to great success. Around that same time, Charles James Mason obtained a patent to produce “English porcelain”.

Mason’s Patent Ironstone China was introduced in 1813 as a less expensive but no less beautiful alternative to Chinese porcelain. Mason’s ironstone proved immensely popular at its introduction, however the factory failed to keep up with the demand for new and innovative designs. In 1848, the company went bankrupt and the factory’s contents were sold at auction to Francis Morley. Ten years later, Morley formed a partnership with his son-in-law Taylor Ashworth. After Morley’s retirement in 1862, Ashworth continued the factory in partnership with his father, George.

G. L. Ashworth & Bros. retained Mason’s original printing plates and other equipment and continued to produce ironstone, which had become popular once again, well into the 20th century. This dinner dish features an adaptation of Mason’s circa 1840 ‘Pheasant’ pattern, redesigned by the Ashworth Co. in a bold new colorway.

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Condition

Excellent. A few small superficial scratches to orange ground on front. Gilding in excellent condition.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

Provenance

Curator’s Note

We also have a vase by Mason’s Ashworth in this pattern and color from the Fortunoff Collection.

Ironstone was so named after its durability and “iron” strength; at one point historians erroneously thought the clay recipe contained iron. In actuality, ironstone is a vitrified earthenware. Many English and American factories produced ironstone, and monikers for this ware abounded: English porcelain, new stone, opaque porcelain, semiporcelain, stone china, and white granite were all used to refer to different recipes for ironstone. The allusion to Chinese porcelain as well as iron strength is quite evident in these terms, reiterating the desired connection to both porcelain and durability.

William Turner of Longton, Staffordshire successfully manufactured the first ironstone wares in 1800. Upon his factory’s bankruptcy, Turner sold his patent for ironstone to Josiah Spode II, who beginning around 1813 began producing “Stone China” to great success. Around that same time, Charles James Mason obtained a patent to produce “English porcelain”.

Mason’s Patent Ironstone China was introduced in 1813 as a less expensive but no less beautiful alternative to Chinese porcelain. Mason’s ironstone proved immensely popular at its introduction, however the factory failed to keep up with the demand for new and innovative designs. In 1848, the company went bankrupt and the factory’s contents were sold at auction to Francis Morley. Ten years later, Morley formed a partnership with his son-in-law Taylor Ashworth. After Morley’s retirement in 1862, Ashworth continued the factory in partnership with his father, George.

G. L. Ashworth & Bros. retained Mason’s original printing plates and other equipment and continued to produce ironstone, which had become popular once again, well into the 20th century. This dinner dish features an adaptation of Mason’s circa 1840 ‘Pheasant’ pattern, redesigned by the Ashworth Co. in a bold new colorway.

BT

Excellent. A few small superficial scratches to orange ground on front. Gilding in excellent condition.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

The Fortunoff Collection

We also have a vase by Mason’s Ashworth in this pattern and color from the Fortunoff Collection.

This item ships free to the continental US, and globally for a flat-rate fee of $50.

All objects are packed with utmost care by our team of expert fine art shippers. All items are shipped with parcel insurance.

For more information on our shipping policies, please visit our FAQ Page.

All of our objects look even more stunning in person!

However, in case you are not satisfied with your purchase, we are willing to accept returns.

For more information on our return policies, please visit our FAQ page.

This item ships free to the continental US, and globally for a flat-rate fee of $50.

All objects are packed with utmost care by our team of expert fine art shippers. All items are shipped with parcel insurance.

For more information on our shipping policies, please visit our FAQ Page.

All of our objects look even more stunning in person!

However, in case you are not satisfied with your purchase, we are willing to accept returns.

For more information on our return policies, please visit our FAQ page.

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