This is a beautifully decorated Ridgway dinner plate made between 1815 and 1820, which is known as the Regency period. The plate would have been part of a large dinner set and is decorated with hand painted flowers and a charming grape moulding around the edge.

 

Ridgway was one of the pioneers of English china production alongside other great potters such as Spode, Davenport, Minton, Coalport and others and they created very high quality tea and dinnerware. Ridgway had a tradition of a very wide-ranging offer of china products, anything from the most sublime dinnerware to humble toilet pots. It is notoriously difficult to identify their wares and this is one reason their beautiful tea and dinner wares are often underestimated. Except for the pattern number painted in red on the back (518), this plate is unmarked like most Ridgway items, but the reason we know it was made by Ridgway is because of the nature of the decorations and the pattern number, which is right for the period the plate seems to be from.

 

The plate is heavily potted in what is often called the "Standard Shape", which can be found in the pattern books that start around the year 1815. The china is extremely white and the glazing nice and glossy. There are four grape moulded details around the rim, and otherwise the surface of the plate is very simple. A bouquet of hand painted wild flowers, a big pink dog rose very prominent, is gracefully painted along the well of the plate, with a few sprigs dotted around the rest of the plate. The flowers have been painted in a slightly naive way - it certainly wasn't one of the master painters, perhaps an apprentice. But their charm and spontaneity, not only in their appearance but also the way they've been dotted around without a clear plan, more than makes up for this. Many plates like these were made in Wales and Derbyshire, but this plate is different in the sense that there isn't much of a deliberate arrangement; this is exactly its great charm.

 

An example of a plate with the same moulding can be found in Geoffrey A. Godden's book "Ridgway Porcelains" in plate 24.

 

CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent antique condition with no damage at all and it rings nicely when tapped, which means there is no crazing. There is some rubbing to the gilding, as can be expected from an item this age that has been used; however the decoration still looks beautiful.

 

Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. This plate is relatively free from any firing specks but you will see some small black specks and some glazing imperfections on the back of the plate.

 

Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains 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 see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS (diameter): 20.5cm (8").

 

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.

Antique plate, grape moulded and hand painted, Ridway ca 1815

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