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Early Blue and White Willow Pattern Soup Plate, J & W Ridgway
Not the more common "TwoTemples II" that most of us know, but an earlier Willow pattern by the J & W Ridgway Company of the Cauldon Works in Staffordshire, England. The Ridgways were well known potters and among the best known Staffordshire names in America. The pottery was built at Hanley, Staffordshire in 1794 by Job Ridgway, the father of the Ridgway brothers. A large quantity of the ware produced there was sent to America. After some years the sons, John and William, were admitted to partnership, and the firm was then known as Ridgway & Sons. Still later, about 1814, after the death of Job Rigway, the father, the firm name became J. & W. Ridgway, and it is through the work of the sons that we become most familiar with the output of these potteries.
This "Willow" pattern is a less common one, as J.&W. Ridgway was more well known for the "Beauties of America" series.
It is a lovely simple design, less fussy than the later Blue Willow and the geometric rim design is simply stunning! A very uncommon item for the collector of interesting blue and white items.
Dates somewhere between the years of 1813 and1830.
10" diameter. 1 1/4" tall.
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