CLASSIC BLOCK OPTIC Antique Ironstone Oblong Covered Dish Circa 1890
Classic Block Optic design white antique oblong IRONSTONE COVERED DISH by J & G Meakin of Staffordshire, England, circa 1890. The design features a squared-off look that it sometimes referred to as Mitered Block. The lid features a ring finial decorated on both sides with a small starburst motif as do the handles of the dish.
The dish is stamped with an early J & G Meakin trademark, 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. Measures approximately 3 ¼” high without the lid and 5 ½” high with the lid. Handle to handle it is 11 ¾” wide. Without handles it measures 9 ¼” wide inside only. The lid measures 9 ¾ by 7 ¼”.
The piece is in wonderful condition and free of chips, cracks, and discoloration. There is some light crazing on the lid. A real showpiece that would make a great addition to someone's collection of antique ironstone or farmhouse decorating.
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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