This is a beautiful dessert serving dish made by Rockingham in Yorkshire in about 1820. The dish is made of creamware and decorated with a bold cobalt blue and gilt pattern that is identical to Ridgway's pattern 1148. 

 

Although the Rockingham pottery started some time in the mid-18th Century, when we say "Rockingham" it mostly means the Rockingham pottery as it was run between 1826 and 1842, creating high quality bone china table ware. The pottery rose to fame when King William VI ordered a huge dinner service containing 200 pieces. The factory designed very sophisticated patterns and shapes, however they also always kept making creamware. This dish is in the same moulded pattern as a porcelain service I found documentation on, but it is made in creamware.

 

This one-handled dish would have been part of a large dessert service. It has a beautiful handle moulded with a fanned acanthus leaf pattern, and a very bold pattern of cobalt blue, gilt and hand painted flowers. We don't know how come that Rockingham used a Ridgway pattern - or did Ridgway use a Rockingham pattern? As the shape is clearly a Rockingham shape it cannot have been meant as a replacement for a Ridgway service, so it is a bit of a mystery.

 

The dish is unmarked except the pattern number (1148) as was common in that period.

 

CONDITION REPORT The dish is in good antique condition without any damage or repairs, however as this is creamware it has some crazing, as is visible in the pictures. There is some wear, as to be expected.

 

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 24.5cm (9.4") X 20.5cm (8.1").

Rockingham creamware dish, cobalt blue Ridgway pattern, ca 1820

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