Antique Ridgway Caledonian Staffordshire Green Transferware Platter Well & Tree Circa 1835
Brand Barker Brothers
ANTIQUE English Victorian
Footed Well & Tree Platter
Ridgway Morley Wear
For consideration is this wonderful and very rare teal green Transferware Well & Tree deep footed platter 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.
Footed Well & Tree Turkey Platter
For consideration is this exquisitely detailed, beautifully decorated huge well and tree meat drainer / serving platter by Ridgway Morley Wear. Beautifully transferred in a green (with a hint of gray and teal) color. Originally meant to serve a large roast, turkey etc...but ... No meat? No problem. This would be a stunning tray for the vanity or dressing area to hold perfumes and small jewelry or hair pins can be placed in the well. See the last pic showing this being done with a another Well & Tree platter.
Measures: 21” x 16 1/2” Has footed rims plus the well, which is where the juices of the meat drain and stands 2 3/4"
Condition: Very good. It's VERY heavy!