Ironstone

Ironstone was named for the “iron” strength of the ceramic body, and not, as popularly thought, for iron in its clay.

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  • Set 6 Imari Dessert Plates Late 18th Century Turner’s Patent Ironstone England

    $2,340.00

    This set of six plates, crafted by John Turner circa 1795, features the exquisite Imari color palette of iron red, cobalt blue, and radiant gold. The color combination creates a vibrant and striking look, and the design of a dragon soaring amidst a lush garden is captivating. The pattern was inspired by the renowned Imari porcelain patterns of 17th and 18th century Japan.

    John Turner, the inventor of ironstone, crafted the plates. He held the first patent for ironstone, which he manufactured from 1795 to 1805. The underside of each plate is impressed with the mark “Turner”.

    The Turner family of potters was active in Staffordshire, England, from 1756-1829. Their manufactures have been compared favorably with those of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons. Josiah Wedgwood was a friend and a commercial rival of John Turner, the first notable potter in the Turner family.

  • Set 36 English Imari Dinner Plates with Matching Salad, Bread & Butter Plates C-1820

    $4,800.00

    This is an exceptional set of a dozen dinner plates, a dozen salad or luncheon plates, and a dozen bread and butter plates decorated in an exquisite English Imari pattern. The plates measure in diameter: dinner 10.25″; salad or luncheon 9″; and bread and butter 6.75″. Hicks and Meigh made this set of ironstone plates in the Regency period circa 1820. At that time, the designs of Japan and China had a great influence on the decorative arts in England. The central scene shows a classic Imari image of a vase on a garden terrace. This vase, with its overflowing flowers, is the quintessence of Imari decoration. The wide border is divided into three panels, each showing chrysanthemums, peonies, and fruit tree blossoms with cobalt blue leaves. The Imari colors of orange, vibrant cobalt blue and gilding combine beautifully. The dishes are of fine quality and well-potted. They have the Hicks and Meigh mark “Real Stone China” under a crown in underglaze blue.

    Dimensions: 10.25″, 9″, and 6.75″ in diameter.

    Condition: Excellent

  • English Soup Tureen Made, circa 1820

    $430.00

    Made by Hicks and Meigh circa 1820, this lovely tureen is perfect for flowers. The lively decoration is full of color. We see a butterfly hovering above a flower-filled garden. Pink fruit tree blossoms and purple peonies rise above cobalt blue rockwork. Green leaves and small ochre-colored flowers complete the scene. The tureen has no cover.

    Dimensions:13.5″ long x 9″ wide x 6.5″ tall, the inside depth is 5″

    Condition: Excellent with slight rubbing to the gilt on handles only (see image # 6).

  • Set Hicks and Meigh Ironstone Dinner and Soup Dishes Made England circa 1820

    $720.00

    Made by Hicks and Meigh, this set has six dinner dishes and five matching soup dishes. The decoration is lovely: a butterfly hovers above a flower-filled garden. We see purple peonies and pink fruit tree blossoms emanating from cobalt blue rockwork.

    Dimensions: Both the soups and the dinner dishes measure 10.25″ in diameter

    Condition: Good with some knife marks and rubbing to the glaze

  • Large Ironstone Bowl Made England Circa 1870

    $480.00

    This lovely bowl is decorated with a beautiful garden scene showing a blossoming fruit tree rising from blue rockwork, oversized white and pink peonies, ochre-colored chrysanthemums, and a butterfly hovering above.
    This beautiful central scene is encircled by a blue border with scrolling vines and flower heads.
    Flowers on the vine decorate the sides of the bowl, and the edge is decorated with “diamonds” and flowers.
    The design is timeless with enduring appeal.

    Dimensions: 14.5″ long x 11.25″ wide x 2.75″ deep

    Condition: Very good: with very slight rubbing to the enamels and slight knife marks that are not ordinarily visible without very close inspection (see images)

  • Set of 11 Early Spode Ironstone Imari Dessert Dishes Made circa 1815

    $1,650.00

    A set of 11 Imari style ironstone dessert dishes, made by Spode circa 1815.

    Josiah Spode II began producing stone china in 1813 as an alternative to porcelain. Stone china, also known as ironstone due to its hard and durable fabric, became famous for its porcelain-like greyish blue glaze and glassy surface. So popular was this new medium that Queen Charlotte purchased her own stone china service from Spode’s Portugal Street showroom. These dessert dishes are early examples of Spode Stone China; in 1822 the company introduced an improved body marketed as “New Stone,” and thereafter items were branded as such.

    Dishes are marked with pattern number 2283 in iron red and feature the printed Spode Stone China mark in underglaze blue.

    Dimensions: 8 in. Dm x 1/2 in. H (20.3 cm Dm x 1.4 cm H)

    Condition: Excellent overall. Light wear to some enamels and gilding on dishes commensurate with age and use. The plates with the least and most amounts of wear are pictured.

  • Set 11 Large Masons Ironstone Dinner Plates Circa 1915

    $3,300.00

    The color is fabulous.

    This excellent set of eleven Mason’s Ironstone plates is decorated in rich rust color with overall black detailing resembling sharkskin. This attractive set dates to circa 1915.  On the reverse is a transfer printed crown and banner in black with the pattern number ‘C.1753’ in iron-red, and the impressed “2XG” and “ENGLAND,” which Masons began to stamp after 1891. The marks indicate Masons made the set circa 1915.

    Dimensions: 10.5″ diameter.                      Price: $3,300

    Condition: Good with crazing to the reverse of the dishes (see images #10 and #11). Crazing results from the initial firing process in 1915 when the glaze and the earthenware body under it expanded and contracted at different rates during the heating and cooling process.

  • Pair of Spode Ironstone Plates Lavender & Pink Borders Made England, circa 1820

    $350.00

    A pair of Spode plates, 9.5″ diameter, made in England, circa 1820. The centers are decorated with flowers and rockwork in a chinoiserie design. The exquisite border is decorated with a patterned lavender and iron-red design and further decorated with blue and green branch-like decorations around cartouches filled with pink roses.

    Dimensions: 9.5″ diameter

    Condition: Excellent

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