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Post by buzzablinio on July 29th 2009, 1:57 pm

Now I've discovered this forum I thought I'd try and get a second piece of pottery? ceramic? identified. There is no mark on the base, just plain white glaze, and again, it belonged to my father so I guess circa 50 years old... anyone any ideas what it is? (oh yes, it's about 6.5" high)



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Post by bistoboy on July 29th 2009, 2:23 pm

this type of transfer printed and enamel coloured chinioserie jug could've been made by any number of Staffordshire potteries of the Mid victorian period - Masons being one of the more prominent and perhaps most likely given the strong iron red colour. I think yours has a nice shape and an almost naive charm - for as you say, the quality isn't fantastic, but i think it's still a very nice thing. The chinoiserie pattern isn't familiar to me and i think possibly quite rare as it doesn't depict any of the usual scenes of oriental figures, parasols, fences, pagodas etc. The chinese dragons are really rather nice.
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Post by bistoboy on July 29th 2009, 10:31 pm

on closer inspection , they're not dragons at all are they, but Fu/Foo dogs. even more unusual for a western Chinoiserie interpretation.
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Post by buzzablinio on July 31st 2009, 5:19 pm

Thanks bistoboy - I've sent some pics to the museum in Staffs to see if they can help - so will update here once / if I hear anything.
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Post by bistoboy on July 31st 2009, 7:00 pm

good luck with that! i sent them pics yonks ago to ask for help and never got a reply, let alone any answers. But i'm sure they're very busy people. anyhoo, i did a bit of looking around and found in a book i have on Polychrome enamel chinoiserie the only reference to a transfer printed design with Foo dogs (or perhaps Shi Shi - lion dogs which guarded temples) was a Minton pattern - but it's not the same as yours. So, yes, i think your pattern is fairly rare.
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Masonís Bandana-ware

Post by buzzablinio on August 10th 2009, 5:40 pm

Hey Bistoboy - got a reply from the Potteries Museum - you were 100% correct so well done!




Your jug was indeed made by Mason's. The pattern is known as
Bandana ware and it is a sheet design black-printed and enamelled in red,
yellow, blue, black and orange. We have an example in our collection which dates
from 1830 to 1845 which is marked with a Mason's printed mark. Sheet patterns
were introduced in circa 1830 so this would be the earliest date for your
piece, it is likely to date to a similar time period to ours.








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Post by bistoboy on August 10th 2009, 10:17 pm

glad i could be of help! i'm a bit more into the pre 1900 stuff myself than 20thc.
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Re: Mason's Ironstone

Post by NaomiM on April 11th 2018, 7:23 pm

Masonís Ironstone Hydra milk jug with chinoiserie pattern








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Post by denbydump on April 11th 2018, 10:52 pm

Nice, likely to be from 1840s.
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Post by NaomiM on April 11th 2018, 11:10 pm

Cheers :)

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Post by tigerchips on April 12th 2018, 1:21 am

Only able to find this piece but it was badly damaged on the handle...



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Post by tigerchips on April 12th 2018, 1:27 am

Mark should read 'Mason's Patent Ironstone China' but it's not a very good impression. C.1813-20 i think.
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Post by NaomiM on April 12th 2018, 2:11 am

The early handpainted ones are still collectible but the later transfer ones are very much out of fashion

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Post by tigerchips on April 26th 2018, 4:38 pm

Saw another jug today, wrongly attributed to Japan. Japan was actually part of the pattern name. It had a oval shaped impressed stamp and i could just make out the words "Stone Works", i've not seen that mark before. I would have probably bought it but it had a crack in it. Sad
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