Porcelain Part Tea Set Blue Seaweed or Fibre Pattern Possibly CJ Mason c 1845
An English porcelain ( bone china) transfer ware tea service with a seaweed pattern and gilded highlights dating from the mid-19th century circa 1835 to 1845, when this particular type of fibre or sea weed pattern was very fashionable. This is a part tea service - ten cups and saucers and a square shaped plate - for bread and butter or cake.
The design is printed in a light, greyish blue with some gilded highlights to what look like Knotted Wrack (Ascophyllum nodosum) sea weed. The cups have a low relief moulded design that is partially obscured by the transfer printed pattern.
There are no maker's marks, just a painted pattern number 223, on the back of the saucers. A number of makers including Coalport, Worcester, Minton similar transfer printed pattern. C. J Mason has a recorded cup also with a broken loop handle and similar pattern. See plate 840 on page 140 of a Compendium of British Cups by Michael Berthoud.
The cups stand 2 3/4 inches high to the top of the handles and the saucers have a diameter of 5 3/8ths inches. The large plate is 8 3/4 inches wide.
Charles James Mason and Co operated from Lane Delph, Staffordshire, England from 1826 to 1848.
The set is in good antique condition with some rubbing to the gilding, a short hairline from the foot of one cup, a small glaze bruise to another and a glaze chip to another, both near the foot rims. The large plate has a little body discolouration. Please see the images. Together it weighs 3.1 kg.
This is a nice set for display on a dresser, for example or usable for afternoon teas etc. This is a great item for any collector of English 19th century tea cups and saucers or Mason's pottery and porcelain.
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