This is a beautiful dessert serving dish made by a Staffordshire factory in about 1825. The dish is made of creamware and decorated with a bold cobalt blue and gilt pattern that is identical to Ridgway's pattern 1148. However the shape of the dish is a mystery so we don't know who made it.

 

In the early 19th Century there were at some point about 300 potteries in Staffordshire, which at the time was a major centre of porcelain industry in the world. This cup and saucer are probably from one of the many excellent but completely forgotten factories who made use of capable decorators who would often move from factory to factory in search of work.

 

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. The dish may have been a replacement for a Ridgway dish, or perhaps an artist to the pattern with him or her when moving jobs between factories - we will never know.

 

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 significant 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!

 

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Staffordshire creamware dish, cobalt blue Ridgway pattern, ca 1825

SKU: A-ANO56
£130Price
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