This 12 ½ inch tall ironstone pitcher was made by the Burslem, Staffordshire pottery of William and Edward Corn (1861-1903). The printed black mark on the bottom was used during the years 1891-1903. The unadorned shape and the angular handle are typical of the era, when the Arts and Crafts Movement demanded simplified forms and far less ornamentation.
The words “Royal Ironstone China” are arched over a symbol with a lion and a unicorn and a crowned shield with the words “HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE,” an Old French expression meaning “shame be to him who thinks evil of it.” It's the motto of the British Order of the Garter, the highest of all the knighthoods. The word “England” in the mark denotes a manufacture after 1891.
The pitcher measures 8 inches from spout to handle and 8 inches across the belly with a 25 inch circumference at the widest point. The round base is 4 ¾ inches in diameter and the piece weighs 4 pounds.
This pitcher is immaculate and undamaged, with only a bit of shelf dirt on the bottom. Its elegant shape and pure white ironstone make it an excellent display piece and the perfect vase for long-stemmed flowers.
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