2 piece printed and hand colored Mason’s ironstone strainer dish c. 1840
A twelve sided shallow strainer that sits on a twelve sided bowl. The strainer form in delft is sometimes referred to as a cress bowl or a strawberry bowl. It’s possible that this one was meant to hold ice in the bottom as well as catch the water running off the fruit in the strainer. Decorated with a transfer of an exotic bird sitting on a branch with large blossoms and leaves. The transfer is black and the colors are added by hand. The design incorporates some gilding and the outer upper rim of both the bowl and the strainer are gilt. Black printed Mason’s mark on the base. Strainer is approx. 8 inches (20 cm) diameter and 1 inch (2.5 cm) deep. The bowl is approx. 7 inches (18 cm) diameter and 2 5/8 inches (6.5 cm) tall.
Condition: excellent, no chips, cracks, hairlines or repairs. Some crazing to the glaze but otherwise it looks as if it was hardly ever used.
Interesting pattern, India rather than China inspired. An unusual form.