1920s Mason’s Ironstone Watteau Brown Two Handled Serving Dish
This is a very nice example of a 1920s Mason’s Ironstone Watteau Brown Two Handled Serving Dish. Brown Transferware in pretty good condition with no chips, cracks or restoration and a small amount of crazing. However, it does have several manufacturing defects, including; bubbles, glazing marks, black spots in the pottery, and orange peel. These defects have been present since the dish was first made.
Approximate Maximum Dimensions
- Base Length: 15cm (6″)
- Base Width: 10cm (4″)
- Top Length: 26.5cm
- Top Width: 17cm
- Height: 5.2cm (2″)
Suitable for any formal dining table or just for display!
Transfer printed crown and banner, England and pattern name ‘Watteau.’
The cross indicates that this was probably a seconds
This mark is after 1920. ‘MADE IN ENGLAND’ introduced after 1923
Some History For You
Charles James Mason registered the patent name ‘IRONSTONE’ in 1813 for the ‘Improvement of the Manufacture of English Porcelain, IRONSTONE PATENT CHINA:’ Patent number 3724. The name was soon adopted by competitors, whom were using similar materials.
Contrary to popular belief, Ironstone does not contain iron! The name is derived from its ‘iron-like’ strength and durability. It was mass produced as a cheaper alternative to porcelain.
In 1922, Mason’s Ironstone introduced Amber Glaze described as ‘a ground colour of the ware, is a soft pale Ivory and the colouring unusually fine.’ Minuet was the first pattern produced in this new glaze and Mandarin soon followed.