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Pair of Dinner Plates

ca. 1860

G. L. Ashworth & Bros. (English)

Ironstone with enamels and gilding

10 in. Dm x 1 in. H. (25.2 cm Dm x 2.7 cm H)

$500.00

Out of stock

Mason’s Patent Ironstone China was introduced in 1813 as a less expensive but no less beautiful alternative to Chinese porcelain. Ironstone was so named after its durability and “iron” strength; at one point historians erroneously thought the clay recipe contained iron. 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. These plates feature an original Mason’s pattern, Fence Vase Doves, as reprinted by the Ashworth Co.

Mason’s Patent Ironstone China was introduced in 1813 as a less expensive but no less beautiful alternative to Chinese porcelain. Ironstone was so named after its durability and “iron” strength; at one point historians erroneously thought the clay recipe contained iron. 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. These plates feature an original Mason’s pattern, Fence Vase Doves, as reprinted by the Ashworth Co.

Condition

Excellent. Faint use marks.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

Marks

Mason’s Patent Ironstone China mark printed in puce

Ashworth Real Ironstone China impressed mark

References

Lewin, Malcolm ed. A Guide to Mason’s Patent Ironstone Patterns c1813 to c1848. Mason’s Collectors’ Club, 2013, p. 98-99, illus.

Provenance

Private Collection, Wichita, KS

Excellent. Faint use marks.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

Mason’s Patent Ironstone China mark printed in puce

Ashworth Real Ironstone China impressed mark

Lewin, Malcolm ed. A Guide to Mason’s Patent Ironstone Patterns c1813 to c1848. Mason’s Collectors’ Club, 2013, p. 98-99, illus.

Private Collection, Wichita, KS

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This item ships free to the continental US, and globally for a flat-rate fee of $75.

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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