This is a beautiful Ridgway cup and saucer made around 1825, which is known as the Regency period. The shape of the cup is typical for its time and the handle is called an "Old English" handle.

 

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. This tea set is unmarked, as most Ridgway items, but the reason we know it was made by Ridgway is the pattern number, as well as the way it was potted; Ridgway made items as elegant as Spode, but usually it was potted a bit thicker.

 

The decoration of the cup and saucer are stunning in their colours: deep cobalt blue with rich gilding and beautiful flower posies set in white panels. The pattern, which has the number 2/26, is an early pattern (as it has a low number). Cobalt blue and gilt were very popular colours at the time and Ridgway in particular made many designs that featured this combination. As rooms were lit by candles at the time, you can imagine the flickering light being reflected in the lavish gilt - one important reason to use so much gilt on table ware.

 

CONDITION REPORT This cup and saucer are in excellent antique condition with no damage and hardly any wear. There is no crazing and both items ring nicely when tapped. However, there is a small firing fault to the rim of the cup, please see last picture.

 

Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can also have small firing lines. This set is relatively free from any firing specks but you might see some. There is a tiny firing line in the rim of the cup, too weak to capture in a picture, but this has no bearing on the strength of the cup.

 

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 (diameters): cup 7.5cm (3"), saucer 15cm (6").

 

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.

Coffee cup and saucer, cobalt blue, gilt and flowers, Ridgway 1825

SKU: A-RID52
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