A Masons Ironstone China sauce tureen and lid decorated with the hand coloured India Pheasants pattern and marked underneath on both items with the crowned ribbon Patent Ironstone China printed mark.
This is the earliest transfer printed mark of George Miles and Charles James Mason who traded as G. M. and C. J. Mason who operated at the Minerva Works, Lane Delph, Staffordshire, England from 1813 until 1829. The tureen dates from circa 1813-15. See mark 24 on page 111 of Mason Porcelain and Ironstone 1796 - 1853 by Reginald Haggar and Elizabeth Adams.This is the mark of George Miles and Charles James Mason who traded as G. M. and C. J. Mason who operated at Victoria Place, Fenton, Staffordshire, England from 1813 until 1829.
Masons Collector's Club has assigned the identification number of OE7a for this pattern. The name India Pheasant was also used in an auction catalogue produced for a sale in 1818. The pattern is also known as Blue Pheasants or Peonies and Birds by some collectors.
The rectangular shaped tureen has canted corners and a footed base, two stylised horse head handles and a lid with a notch for a ladle and a scroll handle. It measures 5 3/8 inches high by approximately 8 1/8 inches long by 4 3/4 inches wide. Together, the tureen and stand weigh 718 grammes unpacked..
It is in very good antique condition, there is a firing tear to the base. A nice item to add to any collection of Georgian Ironstone, Mason's Patent Ironstone China or hand coloured blue and white transfer-ware.