An early stone china (ironstone) transfer decorated jug c1810. The jug is of conical form with utilitarian 'D' shaped handle. Decorated in typical polychrome chinoiserie pattern of the period. Unknown marks to base. The jug is 16 cm in height.
Whilst Mason's (who coined the name 'Ironstone' for his 1813 patent) is the name usually associated with this type of ceramic - it was actually developed some years earlier. In 1800 'Turner's Patent' for a new stone china was taken out by the Turner family of Lane End, Staffordshire. By 1805 Spode was also producing their version of the new stone china. This jug would likely pre-date Mason's 1813 patent - afterwhich this type of ceramic was known as 'Ironstone' and generally marked.