This is a very rare example of an early finely potted Ridgway transferware coffee can and saucer from the George III era. This wonderful item was produced by Ridgway in England and dates to the beginning of the 19th century, circa 1820. How such delicate pieces survive from this age always astounds us! When one considers that at this time mad King George III had just died and John Constable had just painted The Haywain whilst in Salem, USA Colonel Johnson ate in public a Tomato to prove that they were not poisonous.; it certainly places this item in its historical context.
This matching coffee can and saucer features a highly decorative blue and white under the glaze transferware Rose pattern with a cracked ice type background and unusual Chinese stylized trophy motifs. This handsome cup has a generous loop handle. Unusually the transfer has been applied on the ENTIRE interior of the coffee can, this level of decoration was reserved for the highest quality pieces and was no doubt a very difficult process. The saucer features a rarely found impressed “Ridgway mark” on the base.
Measuring: Coffee can height 2.5” (6.5 cm). Diameter with handle 3.5” (9 cm). Saucer diameter 5 1/8” (13 cm).
Condition: Both pieces are in very good condition. The cup is in excellent condition being free from damage and restoration. The saucer is in very good condition, however there are three small spots of restoration to the interior rim of the saucer. Each area is approximately 0.5” (1 cm) and is barely noticeable. There is a tiny graze to the surface of the saucer rim as can be seen in the images, it’s very minor mentioned for complete accuracy. There is some natural crazing to the glaze of the saucer which is to be expected with tableware of this vast age.
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