Large Antique Light Blue Transferware Platter Agricultural Vase Sheep Cattle RWM Ridgway Morley Wear
LIGHT BLUE TRANSFER WARE PLATTER
Ridgway Morley Wear (operated between 1836-42 under this name)
For consideration is this wonderful light blue platter in the sought after pattern by R W M (Ridgway Morley Wear), Agricultural Vase. R W M was probably the first to use illustrations by and based on William Henry Bartlett's Canadian Views. Agricultural Vase depicts multiple landscape scenes as the backdrop for what is the dominant feature of this pattern, the vase itself. The vase is sometimes is on the left, sometimes the right but the impressive urn is the focal point decorated with symbols of agriculture and surmounted by a figure of Ceres, who in mythology is the personification of the harvest and protectress of agriculture. Read more about this pattern (and numerous others) and history in the book, "Canadian Scenes on Nineteenth Century Earthenware", available from my shop here:
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: 14 3/8" x 11 1/4"
Condition: No chips but there is some crazing.
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