Lot 297: Mason's Ironstone Imari-Style Dishes, ca. 1860
November 6, 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: Colorful English transferware in the "Rayner" pattern, manufactured by G.L. Ashworth and Brothers Ltd., Hanley, depicting pink flowers with dark blue leaves in vases on tables, or encircling the rim, the whole accented with hand-painted gilt highlights, comprising one each large soup tureen and gravy boat, the latter with underplate and serving spoon, four each serving platters and covered vegetables,16 dinner plates,10 luncheon plates, seven each bread or dessert plates and rimmed soups, most stamped on the underside with either the red "lion and unicorn" Ashworth mark or impressed "Ironstone China"; approximately 50 pieces. Largest platter: 17.5" L X 14" W; smallest plate: 7.5" diameter. Some dishes with tiny fleabite chips to rims, many with gilding worn or gone, some with scattered stains to undersides and visible crazing; soup tureen platter with old tight 4" hairline crack; lid of one covered vegetable with repaired break resulting in a small bit of decorated surface loss; serving platters, gravy boat and spoon with heaviest staining and gilt loss, all wear consistent with age and use.