RARE Circa 1830’s RARE Pink & Black Bi Color Floral Transferware Plate SHIRAZ Ridgway


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After 1828, technology allowed potters to produce two and three color transfer wares.  This truly stunning example dating from 1830-1841, by Ridgway is a very highly sought after piece in the Shiraz pattern, named after a Persian city.  The plate is heavily embellished with flowers and the border has a design of sailing boats.  The design was originally produced in a range of colors including yellow with green, yellow with brown, blue and pink (both of which were sometimes accented with black as is the case with this plate).  The intricacy in transfer placement on this piece is unsurpassed.   It's truly an exquisite piece even for the most selective of collectors.

Measures 6"

Condition: Beautiful! No chips or cracks.  Stilt marks, minor glaze pops (common during production of this time period), light crazing and blurred transfer on one rim (I have two plates available)6

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.
The last photo is an old photo of some 19th Century bottle kilns at the Ridgway factory in Shelton. These were some of the largest kilns in the area.  They were used as air raid shelters during WWII. They were demolished in the 1960's.