|Mason's and Other Stone China|
The variation of Mason's "Lotus " pattern that ornaments these three "Hydra" shape jugs&nb...
The variation of Mason's "Lotus " pattern that ornaments these three "Hydra" shape jugs is "all about" the bold contrast of white ground, Chinese red lotus petals and the deep cobalt blue lotus pad.
Like other Masons "Japan" patterns, the dominant cobalt areas are fired first--details are filled in around these great daubs of blue to create the pattern. In these examples, lighter blue transfer printing provides the guidelines for the enamelers who would give color to the brilliant lotus petals and place secondary color and gilt accents. Additional colors are used sparingly; green, for example, is limited to the floral band at the collar and the reserves of the narrow cross-hatched border.
The dominance of blue continues with the solid cobalt ground of the serpent handle. The carefully executed gilded scales of the reptile provide an interesting contrast to the spontaneous quality of the body of the jug.
|Date:||Mid Nineteenth Century|
|Dimensions:||Largest--height 5 1/8 in.; width 5 in. Medium--height 4 1/4 in.; width 4 in. Smallest--height 3 1/2 in.; width 3 1/2 in.|
|Condition:||Minor edge nicks to ochre band of rim of smallest jug
Early in our business we realized that possessing a series of jugs in the same shape and i...
Early in our business we realized that possessing a series of jugs in the same shape and in the proper sequence of increasing size was a much sought-after goal for Masons collectors. In time we also learned that acquisition or assembling such graduated sets was more difficult than it seemed. This is in fact, the first such set offered by Seekers in our thirty plus year history.
Considering the mark alone, the jugs could date around the 1820's-30's period. However, the nature of the decoration and use of transfer printing suggests a mid-century estimate, perhaps into the 1870's.
|Price:||$ 750.00, Set of Three|