ENGLISH WHITE IRONSTONE Small Antique Pitcher Circa 1890+
Lovely WHITE IRONSTONE PITCHER, circa 1890+ made by J & G Meakin of Staffordshire, England. The simple design is plain with no embellishments.
The pitcher 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. The pitcher is small measuring approximately 5" tall from base to top of handle and 5 ¼” from handle to spout. The largest part of the bowl is about 4 ¼" across.
The piece is in wonderful condition with no cracks, crazing or stains. Although it does not appear to be a chip--there is an indent about ⅜" long on the bottom edge due to wear. The small pitcher would make a great addition to someone's white ironstone collection or farmhouse/country French decor.
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 had nearly monopolized the ironstone china trade of the United States.
James Meakin passed on the trade of master potter not only to his sons James and George, but to his son-in-law, Robert Johnson, whose sons Henry, Robert and Fred founded Johnson Brothers, 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.
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