BROWNFIELD & SON HAND-PAINTED ENGLISH IMARI 1850

BROWNFIELD & SON

HAND-PAINTED ENGLISH IRONSTONE

"FAUX IMARI"

c. 1850

I AM AUCTIONING THIS COLLECTION AS SEPARATE LOTS

HERE ISA VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY TO OWN AN ABSOLUTELY STUNNING PART-SERVICE OF MID-VICTORIAN IRONSTONE WARE. PLATES, PLATTERS, LIDDED TUREENS & SALVERS.

PRODUCED BY WILLIAM BROWNFIELD & SON AT THE COBRIDGE WORKS ON WATERLOO ROAD IN BURSLEM, STAFFORDSHIRE SOMETIME BETWEEN 1850-1891.

IRONSTONE WAS FIRST DEVELOPED IN THIS PART OF ENGLAND AT THE END OF THE NAPOLEONIC WARS... JUNE 1815 BATTLE OF WATERLOO - THE POTTERY WAS SITUATED ON WATERLOO ROAD!

IRONSTONE WAS SEEN AS A MORE DURABLE, LESS EXPENSIVE, ALTERNATIVE TO PORCELAIN. INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH THIS HAS LED MANY PEOPLE TO SUPPOSE THAT IT WAS A CHEAP AND CHEERFUL FOLKSY STYLE OF POTTERY. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. IN AMERICA IT WAS ALWAYS AN EXPENSIVE AND HIGHLY DESIRABLE ITEM THAT REMAINED THE PRESERVE OF THE WELL-TO-DO... PARTICULARLY THOSE WHO PURCHASED THE SUPERIOR IMPORTED SERVICES FROM STAFFORDSHIRE.

BY 1840 SERVICES SUCH AS THIS ONE WERE BEING WIDELY PRODUCED THROUGHOUT THE STAFFORDSHIRE POTTERIES TO IMITATE THE FASHIONABLE BUT PROHIBITIVELY EXPENSIVE JAPANESE IMARIS. AS WITH THE PIECES FOR SALE IN THIS AUCTION BASE TRANSFERS WERE APPLIED TO THE FINISHED POT AND THEN OVER-PAINTED
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