Background of White Lilies
For centuries white lilies have symbolized purity, beauty, and innocence.
In the first century BCE, white lilies were highly prized in the Roman Empire.
White lilies decorated every Roman banquet.
Since they were required throughout the year, they were grown in Syrian hothouses heated with hot-water pipes.*
Background of Ashworth Ironstone
Charles James Mason patented his “Ironstone China” in 1813. Mason’s Ironstone became synonymous with Ironstone, which was easier to produce and much stronger than porcelain or earthenware pottery.
Designs were transfer-printed onto the body of the ware and then given a protective glaze. Detail colors were then hand-painted on top (over-glaze painting), and then the wares were re-fired.
In 1861 Mason’s was bought by Ashworth Brothers Ltd, who continued to produce “Mason’s Ironstone” (sometimes re-using the printed Mason’s mark)
*Ref: see “Curtis’s Flower Garden Displayed” by T. White and C. Cook pg 8
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