Antique Gray Blue Transferware Plate Caledonian Tartan Plaid Staffordshire Ridgway
Scarce Dove Gray - Steel Blue TRANSFERWARE PLATE
Ridgway Morley Wear
For consideration is this wonderful and very rarely seen colored transfer ware plate by William Ridgway in the wonderful Scottish inspired Caledonian pattern. Caledonia is the Latin name given to the land in today's Scotland, by the Romans. This is one of my all time favorites as it represents my (part) Scottish ancestry, my love of all things tartan or plaid and of course transferware! I have pieces of this in my own collection.
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.
Measures: 9 1/8"
Condition: No chips but there is some crazing.
To learn more about English transferware and see it in many practical and decorative uses please visit me at one of the places below:
Featured on Etsy November 2012:
*also have the green and brown version shown in last 2 photos in an 8" size listed separately
*Both Shepherd boy and Scottish Laird figurine are also listed separately