|Mason's and Other Stone China|
With some ingenious cutting and piecing, Masons adapts their "Scroll" pattern to their ped...
With some ingenious cutting and piecing, Masons adapts their "Scroll" pattern to their pedestal fruit stand. Masons Scroll is a finely scaled pattern featuring an unfurled scroll on a fine gray net field. The scroll features a scene of a seated person of esteem surrounded by attendants in a garden setting. This scene always includes a small table next to the seated figure and a tall stand in the background. The ends of the scroll remain rolled up as if to indicate this is one scene from a story. Floral sprays surround the scroll as well as reserves of "oriental treasures" above and below the scroll. Enamel transfer highlights include ochre, pink, green and slate blue.
|Dimensions:||Height 7 in.; length 14 in.; width 7 1/2 in.|
|Condition:||Fine, slight nick on foot, visible from the side.
Seldom have we seen a combination of pattern and shape as interesting (and successful) as...
Seldom have we seen a combination of pattern and shape as interesting (and successful) as this. As we look at this stand, we are witnessing the 1820's transition from Neoclassicism to the excesses of Victorian design. That oak and acanthus leaf, beaded, double pedestal shape had its counterparts in silver and other ceramics, all caught up in the same transition. Whether by luck or design, Masons combined this unrest with the timeless chinoiserie detail of their "Scroll" pattern. What could be more charming or dignified? What could have been more fine?