CLASSIC OPTIC BLOCK Antique Ironstone Small Pitcher Circa 1890
Classic Block Optic design white antique IRONSTONE SMALL PITCHER by J & G Meakin of Staffordshire, England, circa 1890. The design features a squared-off look that it sometimes referred to as Mitered Bloc with ring finial lid decorated on both sides with a small starburst motif.
The small pitcher is only 5" tall or 5 ¼" tall at the spout. It is about 5 ⅛" from handle to spout. J & G Meakin made the pitcher is several sizes and this is the smallest and normally most difficult to find.
The pitcher is stamped with an early J & G Meakin mark, featuring the Royal Arms with a lion rampant. Above the Royal Arms are the words, Ironstone China and below is the location of the factory, Hanley, England.
The pitcher is in excellent condition and free of chips, cracks, crazing, stains or discolorations. A real showpiece that would make a great addition to someone's collection of antique ironstone or farmhouse decorating.
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About J & G Meakin Pottery: James and George Meakin, sons of James Meakin of Hanley were master potters who opened a pottery firm in 1851 to produce a "uniform hard white earthenware," called granite. The pottery was made to be serviceable, plain and inexpensive. With the close of the American Civil War, James, a keen businessman saw opportunities as an importer to the Americas. Within a decade, J & G Meakin nearly monopolized the ironstone china trade of the United States.
The senior James Meakin passed on the trade of master potter not only to his sons James and George, but to his son Alfred Meakin of Albert Works in Tunstall, his son Charles Meakin of Joiners Square, and his son William Meakin who worked with his brothers, James and George at Eagle Works. James' son-in-law, Robert Johnson, was also a master potter and it was his sons Henry, Robert and Fred who founded Johnson Brothers.
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