Georgian Ridgway Porcelain Sprigged Dish Circa 1810
This is a rare and early example of a Sprigged Ridgway porcelain dessert dish, often referred to as a shrimp dish. This shell shaped dish was made at Cauldon Place Works, Hanley, Stoke-On-Trent. This piece is unmarked/ not numbered like much of the early sprigged ware porcelain produced by Job Ridgway and Sons.
This shell shape dish has an overall white sprigged design up on a pale blue/ pale lavender ground. To the centre we see a classically attired maiden with her arm draped over an urn, this urn sits its upon a pyramid shaped pedestal. Surrounding the central lozenge shape cartouche are sprigged fern like type fronds. The inner cartouche and outer rim has a buttery gold gilded border. This neoclassical type mourning scene was a very popular depiction throughout the late 18th and very early 19th century. See similar scenes depicted on Georgian mourning jewelry of this period.
We adore early sprigged items because of the complicated process involved in its manufacture. Each white relief was individually hand moulded and applied to the lavender ground!! As was so common with relief sprigged motifs, you will usually see some cracking to the motif where the water has evaporated from the sprigged design a little too quickly within the kiln.
Measuring approx 8" in diameter.
Condition is very good for this two hundred year plus dish. There is some minor rubbing to the gilt inner border and as previously mentioned, some light firing cracks to the white sprigged central scene. There is minute crazing all over within the glaze (indicative of an early Ridgway piece), otherwise free from chips, cracks or restoration.
This is a scarce, highly decorative and early example. This gorgeous item looks splendid upon display. Similar period Spode tableware works perfectly with it, see item TA11097J in the last image for inspiration. Our easy pricing already includes complimentary World airmail shipping and insurance.
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