This is a stunning Ridgway tea and coffee cup trio, in a rare perfect condition and made around 1810, which is known as the Regency period. The shape of the teacup is called "bute" and was the most popular shape at the time.


Teacups would be sold together with coffee cups and the saucer would be shared between the two - you would never drink your tea and coffee at the same time, so why spend more money on an extra saucer? As in all tea sets of that period, the saucer does not have a well; it was not until the second half of the 1820s that potters started to make wells in their saucers, thereby creating more security for the cup.


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 set is entirely unmarked, as many Ridgway items, but the reason we know it was made by Ridgway is the shape of the items, with a smooth handle on the teacup but a slight kink in the handle of the coffee cup. An other way we know it is Ridgway is the way it was potted: a little heavy and quite rounded at the edges. The pattern is also typical Ridgway of that period - in fact I have a very similar coffee cup in my collection that will be up in the shop soon.


All items are decorated with a beautiful geometric pattern, applied in stunning gilt. The pattern is entirely abstract, which is typical for this period; soon after this, flowers would take over and geometric patterns would only be applied in support of flower formations. There is a great contrast between angular and round shapes; playful and more stern. All of this was hand painted as the technique for printing gilt had not been developed yet; it is amazing to think how skilled the painters were to create such smooth and stable lines.


CONDITION REPORT This set is in excellent antique condition with no chips, cracks or even crazing. All items look bright white, the glazing is still shiny and the gilding is not rubbed (although perhaps slightly broken up in places, which is to be expected of gilding this age). All items ring nicely when tapped. It is rare to find a 200-year old set in such untouched condition!


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 set is relatively free from any firing specks but you might see some.


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): teacup 8.2cm (3 1/4"), coffee cup 7cm (2 3/4"), saucer 14cm (5.5").


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.

Ridgway tea/coffee cup trio, Regency ca 1810

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