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J & G Meakin

CLASSIC BLOCK OPTIC Antique Ironstone Oblong Covered Dish Circa 1890

CLASSIC BLOCK OPTIC Antique Ironstone Oblong Covered Dish Circa 1890

Regular price $140.00 USD
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This oblong white ironstone COVERED DISH, crafted by J & G Meakin of Staffordshire, England circa 1890, features a Classic Block Optic design with a squared-off, sometimes referred to as Mitered Block, look. Decorative starburst motifs adorn the lid's ring finial and handles.

The piece is stamped with an early J & G Meakin trademark, featuring the Royal Arms with a lion rampant, with Ironstone China above and Hanley, England below. Measuring 3 ¼” high without the lid and 5 ½” high with the lid, 11 ¾” handle to handle, and 9 ¼” without handles inside, the lid is 9 ¾ by 7 ¼”.

In excellent condition with no chips, cracks, or discoloration and only slight crazing on the lid, this antique ironstone dish is a stunning addition to any collection.

About Meakin Ironstone: The Meakin brothers, James and George, sons of James Meakin of Hanley, were master potters. In 1851 they opened a pottery firm to produce an inexpensive, plain, and durable "uniform hard white earthenware," called granite. After the end of the American Civil War, James, a shrewd businessman, saw potential in American imports. Within a decade, J & G Meakin had almost cornered the market of ironstone china in the United States. James Meakin passed his expertise on to his sons James and George, as well as sons Alfred, Charles and William. Moreover, James's son-in-law, Robert Johnson, was also a master potter, and it was his sons Henry, Robert, and Fred who established Johnson Brothers.

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