|Mason's and Other Stone China|
In this version of Masons classic "Double Landscape" pattern, the Ashworth Brothers introduce...
In this version of Masons classic "Double Landscape" pattern, the Ashworth Brothers introduce updates for late nineteenth century tastes. In tune with changing ceramic styles, Masons traditional scalloped rococo shapes have been streamlined, creating clean, crisp profiles while retaining the traditional hard, dense Mason ironstone body.
The color palette has also been updated with the introduction of a deep olive ground color and secondary brownish- red ground reserves. These colors enhanced with pale peach, tan and gray green highlights create new stark contrasts, resulting in a fresh twist on the Imari sources of "Double Landscape." The gilt ground patterns throughout the pattern must have seemed especially exciting as the public viewed them in the context of the Japanese metal wares commanding attention at the time.
|Mark:||Backstamp and Impressed Marks|
|Date:||Impressed Date Mark for April, 1884|
|Dimensions:||Diameter 10 3/8 in.|
In the process of going through bankruptcy in the late 1840's-50's, much of the Masons material...
In the process of going through bankruptcy in the late 1840's-50's, much of the Masons material, including molds and printing plates as well as trademarks and what today would be termed "intellectual material," was transferred through a couple of partnerships. It finally ended up under the umbrella of Ashworth Brothers. While the Ashworth Brothers treated this material with due respect, as businessmen they also mined this trove successfully, updating old patterns for contemporary taste. Geoffrey Godden even illustrates an Ashworth pattern combining the "Double Landscape" border with one of the "Trophies" pattern centers. (Godden's Guide to Ironstone, Stone & Granite Wares, 1999; p. 186).
Eventually the Ashworths re-introduced the standard Masons crown and drapery trademark on many of these patterns -- accompanied by impressed Ashworth marks. The "Double Landscape" makeover seems to pre-date re-introduction of the Masons mark.