Antique Victorian Staffordshire Aesthetic Flow Blue Transferware Dual Handled Floral Planter/ Urn / Waste Bucket Slop Pail Lustre Gold Finish
I think this piece is exquisite and stunning. There are so many ways you can use it but first let's talk about what a slop pail is:
A slop pail / bucket was a large pail used to receive waste water from a washbasin or chamber pot. They were in use before bathrooms and part of the bath set which would comprise of a large wash bowl (about 15" diameter) and a large wash pitcher along with smaller pieces liek pin trays, soap dishes, etc. Water from the wash bowl, after bathing, would be poured into the bucket so that it could be carried away and more easily disposed of than it would be in a large bowl. Many pieces had an inner funnel shaped insert (like this one) that rested on the inner rim of the bucket and helped water from spilling or splashing out or caught a bar of soap when emptying the wash basin. Some of the inner pieces had small holes to so that when the waste water was poured into the bucket the bar of soap would be salvaged.
This antique slop pail was manufactured Circa 1890-1920 during a period known as the Aesthetic Movement.
It was made by Ridgways and the pattern is called Muscatel, a large transfer of grape vines, leaves and berries. The slop pail had embossing and gilt detail and the flow is a dark, almost navy, blue. I'm listing the matching water / wash pitcher and mustache / shaving cup separately. They are stunning displayed together!
Ridgway Potteries Ltd, was founded sometime around 1744. Sometimes called the Grandfather of the Potteries, the Ridgway family can be traced to the earliest days of the Staffordshire potteries, along with such famous names as Wedgwood, Spode and Adams.
Under the management of one family member, John Ridgway, the Ridgway potters were appointed as Potter to Her Majesty Queen Victoria. This was the highest acclaim for any English pottery firm.
One of the family members, William Ridgway, operated the Bell Works in Shelton and the Church Works in nearby Hanley from 1830-54. The Bell Works Pottery at Bethesda Street has been The Potteries Museum since 1956 and houses the largest and most important collection of North Staffordshire pottery in the world.
Slop pails are perfect to use as bread bins, ice buckets, coolers, containers for a collection of rolling pins or large kitchen utensils, holding several rolls of toilet paper, planters, floral containers, trash bins...the list goes on and on. This urn was one I have used as a waste basket with a simple clear bag lining it. It is beautiful!!! I've included some links below to show how I have used at home.
Measures: appx 14" handle to handle x appx 12" tall with lid in place. It is HEAVY!
Condition: no chips or cracks. Remarkably good condition with little wear / fading to the gilt highlights, which usually has been rubbed away over the years with pieces this age. Gorgeous condition!