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Large Early Masons Ironstone Jug or Pitcher Hand-Painted Butterflies, Circa 1825



This is a large ironstone jug or pitcher in the Hydra Shape with a rare pattern, made by Mason's, of Lane Delph, Staffordshire, England, Circa 1825. The jug is octagonal with a good snake loop handle. The piece is richly hand-decorated in gold (gilt) floral sprigs or posies over a rich cobalt mazarine blue ground. It is then hand-painted over glaze with butterflies in subtle colored enamels, with additional gilded detail to the rim and handle. This is a rare pattern and is known as the: Gold Posies, enameled butterflies pattern, as illustrated on a Mug on Page 194 of the book Mason's China and The Ironstone Wares, by Geoffrey Godden, published by The Antique Collectors Club. This is a heavy large jug of about 1.25Kg unpacked, which is indicative of the earliest pieces. It is unmarked to the base as is often the case with Mason's early work.


  • Creator
    Mason's Ironstone (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 7.88 in. (20.02 cm)Width: 7.75 in. (19.69 cm)Depth: 6.5 in. (16.51 cm)
  • Style
    George IV (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1825
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Some scratches and gilt wear from age and use. Some wear and roughness to the base from the manufacturing process and use.
  • Seller Location
    Lincoln, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: P 11911stDibs: LU990310146513

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    US$63.32 Standard Parcel Shipping
    to anywhere in the world, arrives in 9-19 days.
    We recommend this shipping type based on item size, type and fragility.
    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: Lincoln, United Kingdom
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