Cups and saucers that have been around for 200 years often get separated from their companions. But sometimes they get lucky and start a new love affair. This Ridgway coffee cup and Spode saucer from between 1815 and 1820 found love on my desk so I am selling them together!

 

I am offering several mix and match sets of superbly made items, and they come at a significantly lower price than they would normally be; this is therefore a wonderful opportunity for a gift or a beginning collector.

 

Ridgway and Spode were among the most well respected potteries in Staffordshire/Shropshire and both were pioneers in the development of English bone china. Their shapes and designs are iconic. It was Josiah Spode who managed to perfect the bone china recipe in about 1796, which then inspired a huge industry just as Chinese imports declined. Both Ridgway and Spode attracted the best painters and designers and these two items are a testament to that.

 

The cup was made by Ridgway and is in the famous "London" shape with its iconic square handle. The London shape was introduced by Spode in 1813 and quickly became the standard for all potters of the time. The design on this cup consists of a band of very finely hand painted purple thistles and gilt leaves on the inside of the cup and a simple band of gilt sprigs on the outside. The snow white porcelain, purple flowers and gilt leaves create a wonderful freshness and sweetness. The cup is footed and has the iconic square "London" handle. The cup is marked only with a pattern number 2/445, a number that gives away that it was made by Ridgway (as well as the shape).

 

The saucer was made by Spode around the same time. It is made of a similar high quality porcelain. The design is of little purple harebells set in gilt leaf and fishbone detail. The paintwork is extraordinarily fine and graceful and you can't but love this saucer. The saucer is deep as saucers usually were at the time and has no well - people would often drink from the saucers if their tea was too hot. It carries the mark SPODE and the pattern number 3417 in red.

 

CONDITION REPORT Both pieces are in excellent antique condition. There is only the slightest rubbing to the gilding on the cup, and the saucer is free even from rubbing. There are some slight production marks on the surface of the cup and the saucer, which is normal for an item from that period. The cup is crazed and therefore doesn't ring true when tapped, but the saucer is free from crazing.


Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration 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 easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS (diameters): coffee cup 7.4cm (3 3/8"), 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.

Spode and Ridgway mix and match cup, thistles and harebells, 1815-1820

SKU: A-MIX07
£75Price
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