We are happy to present a magnificent early 19th century, circa 1825-35, Ridgway dessert service with 9 plates and 5 fabulous compotes. The set is decorated in a magenta border with a scalloped rim framing a hand painted grouping of luscious fruit, a different scene for each piece. The center vignette is framed with a undulating pink band stepped up with gilt. The painted fruit are extremely well done and crisp, the colors still vibrant. The compotes are raised on pedestals of varying heights and each is finished with pierced branch handles.
Although Ridgway was noted for its earthenware products, there was a time in the early 19th century where at least one of the factories produced a beautiful white china decorated by some of the finest artists available, most in the Rococo manner. This set is a prime example of that brilliant time when Ridgway was at the top of its game. Most of the earlier wares were not marked but this comes from a collector who identified the pieces as Ridgway.
We can find no flaws on these pieces, as if they were made yesterday, a testament to the endurance of fine English china, whose earlier hand painted wares are unchallenged in their beauty and artistry. We hope that the next owner will keep them ensconced in a cabinet where they can remain in this condition for the next 200 years proudly displayed as they should be.
Size of 9 plates: 9 ¼” Diameter
Size of large compote: 12” Diameter by 7 3/8” Height
Size of 2 medium compotes: 10” Diameter by 5” Height
Size of 2 smaller compotes: 9 ½” Diameter by 3 ¼” Height.
1825 Ridgway China Dessert Set, Hand Painted, 14 Pieces