This is a finely hand painted Mason’s ironstone Serving Desert Dish in a rare Cabbage leaf, gold veined pattern called “Floral sprays”, produced by the Mason’s factory at Lane Delph, Staffordshire, England, circa 1813-1820, in the years of George 3rd.
This is a beautiful piece, hand potted with moulded leaf veined sides (known as “Cabbage Leaf” or “Peony-petal” wares) in a rectangular shape with a curved and indented edge.
The Dish is beautifully hand decorated in one of Mason’s delicate floral patterns, called “Floral sprays” which is a rare pattern, all hand enameled, over-glaze in varying shades with excellent hand painted gold veined detail. This pattern is illustrated on Page 162 of Mason’s Pattern book published by The Mason’s Collectors’ Club
The base is unmarked as was often the case with these “Cabbage-Leaf” wares, but dates to circa 1813-1820, late George 111 period.
Similar hand painted and moulded desert wares are shown on pages 88 / 89 in the book; Mason’s The First Two Hundred Years by Gaye Blake Roberts,
This dish exhibits the quality and boldness of the hand painting that is seen on the earliest Mason’s pieces and is a lovely distinctive piece in a rare pattern.