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Ridgway Porcelain Plate, Cobalt Blue, Gilt and Flowers, Regency, circa 1820

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This is a very stunning Ridgway dessert plate made in circa 1820, which is known as the Regency period. The plate is decorated in a richly gilded pattern of cobalt blue and little flower reserves, and has a beautifully moulded surface. This plate would have belonged to a large dessert service of the kind that was very popular among the wealthy elite in those days. 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. Except for the pattern number painted in red on the back, which is 892, this service is unmarked like most Ridgway items, but the reason we know it was made by Ridgway is because of the shape, which corresponds with known items, and the pattern number itself, which is a famous pattern for its exceptional beauty and lavish detail. The decoration of these plates consists of a beautiful and intricate pattern of cobalt blue, gilt and hand superbly painted flowers on a grape leaf gilded ground with moulded reticulated (but not pierced) borders. The lavish gilt had a dual function: it needed to impress visitors (and the dessert service was the most important part of the meal as it would leave the lasting impression on any visitor), but it also served to reflect the candle light. People did not have lamps yet and dinners were taken in candle light, so the more gilt, the lighter the room. An example of this "basic relief-moulded" shape and pattern can be found in plates 50-53 of Geoffrey A. Godden's book "An Illustrated Guide to Ridgway Porcelain". Condition report: The plate is in excellent antique condition without any damage, crazing or repairs, but it has some surface rubbing, as visible in the pictures. 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. Dimensions: (diameter) 22.5cm (8.75").


  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: .5 in. (1.27 cm)Diameter: 8.75 in. (22.23 cm)
  • Style
    Regency (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent condition, no damage, repairs or crazing, just some surface wear as visible in the pictures.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: A-RID34a1stDibs: LU4805121252682

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