Antique Victorian Staffordshire Aesthetic Flow Blue Transferware HUGE Lustre Wash Pitcher Grape Vines
Absolutely stunning antique was pitcher by Ridgways.
This antique wash pitcher was manufactured Circa 1890-1920 during a period known as the Aesthetic Movement. Originally it would have been part of a bath set to include a slop pail (I have listed), a shaving mug (listed), a razor box, soap dish and this piece itself would have stood in a huge 15" diameter bowl for washing when not in use. These pieces are beautiful reminders of past times, whether you use for display in your bathroom, bedroom or repurpose and use elsewhere in the home.
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.
Wash pitchers are perfect for a collection of rolling pins or large kitchen utensils, floral containers, etc, etc.
Measures: appx 12" htall. 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!