This is a stunning little orphaned coffee can made by Miles Mason around 1810.

 

Miles Mason was one of the early ones of the second wave of British porcelain makers, alongside Spode and others. Mason was a prominent porcelain retailer in London at the time that most porcelain came from China, imported by the East India Company. When those imports stopped in 1791 (due to the racketeering at the porcelain auctions by Mason and his fellow dealers), he seized the opportunity and started to experiment in making his own porcelain. By the early 1800s, Mason had developed both very strong ironstone, and bone china. Mason copied the Chinese designs he used to import, and became famous for large Chinoiserie dinner and dessert wares made of "Patent Ironstone". 

 

This can would have had a wider companion teacup and a saucer, as was custom at that time, but sadly they got separated - however the can by itself is still wonderful. In the early 19th Century a "trio" consisted of a teacup, coffee can and saucer - you would never drink your tea and coffee at the same moment, so why invest in a separate saucer?

 

It is made of bone china and decorated with a beautiful gilt pattern of birds guarding their nest. These birds look oriental rather than British and it is likely that this is one of Mason's orientally-inspired designs.

 

The cup is unmarked but we know that this is pattern 569.

 

This cup would make a very special gift to an antiques or coffee lover.

 

CONDITION REPORT The coffee can is in excellent antique condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. It has a little bit of crazing on the outside wall (see last picture), and very slight rubbing that is hardly visible, mostly on the rim.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.

There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS The can stands 6.2cm (2.4") high and is 6.5cm (2.25") in diameter.

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Miles Mason coffee can, gilt birds on nest patt. 569, ca 1810

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