Antique Ironstone Fluted Bowl by Coxon & Co circa 1863-1884
I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. Walt Whitman
Started by English immigrant, Charles Coxon and his business partner J.F. Thompson in Trenton NJ in 1863, the story of Coxon & Co was short-lived but made a big impact on the pottery scene thanks to not only the talents of Charles himself but his family as well.
Trained in the traditional pottery methods in Staffordshire, England by the time Charles and his family immigrated to America in 1849, he brought with him quite an incredible talent for clay modeling and pottery design. Working in both Trenton, New Jersey, and Baltimore, Maryland Charles continued growing his knowledge of the industry with various firms and began designing commemorative dishware that featured important moments in US history.
In 1863, he opened his own pottery, Coxon & Co which came to be known for their pretty designs. Tragically just five years after opening, Charles died at the age of 63. His talent and company continued though, with the help and guidance of Charles' wife, Mary, and their children, who also became talented contributors to the American pottery industry.
In 1884, Coxon & Co was sold and renamed Empire Pottery, which was in operation until 1892. Interestingly, this bowl features the backstamp of Empire but the name of Coxon which makes it a unique piece denoting the relationship between the two potteries.
Whether the backstamp was created during the Coxon years and Empire adopted it once they rebranded, or this bowl was made during the transition, before Empire was added as the manufacturer's name, we do not know. Either way, the beauty of the bowl and of Coxon & Co's talents in its creation speak for themselves. With fluted sides and a scalloped edge, it's gorgeous from all angles.
A photo of Charles Coxon is included here courtesy of the Coxon Club, where you can view more examples of his work.
- Unique design
- Heavy weight (just under 3lbs!)
- Stamped on bottom with maker's mark
In beautiful antique condition. There are no cracks but there are two small chippy wear marks (each measuring 1/4") caused by age and use (please see photos). Also please note, this bowl has a little bit more of a greyer tint to it as opposed to other bright white ironstone pieces, most likely caused by the type of clay used. Appropriate light staining and crazing give this bowl a lovely aged aesthetic.
Measures 8.75" inches (diameter) x 3.25" inches (height) and weighs 2lbs. 11oz