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Transfer printed in medium blue w/ an exotic scene of pagoda-like building, bizarre trees and bushes and a camel w/ people in the foreground. This scene is enclosed by a pale blue border w/ delicate flowering vines and 8 floral-edged reserves w/ floral sprays or exotic buildings and greenery. The scenes vary w/ form of serving item. This item is a tureen of squat, square, bulbous form w/ lobed "belly" and tapered serpentine base w/ conforming domed cover w/ leaf molded knop and grape molded top. Similarly molded grape form handles at sides of base. Gilt at feet, rim of cover, edge of base, and vine of handles.
Transfer underglaze and incised on bottom: Transfer underglaze: Mark in medium blue showing urn and beehive on a rectangular platform enclosed by greenery. The platform is inscribed ""ORIENTAL"". ""W.R."" is inscribed underneath ""ORIENTAL."" The name ""Ridgways"" is over the image and ""ENGLAND"" is under the image. Incised: Each piece incised w/ 2 or 3 numbers or letters.
Original to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Newbury, Mass.),
Possibly Ridgway, William (Maker)
Possibly Ridgways (Maker)
Shelton, England, Staffordshire; Hanley, England, STAFFORDSHIRE
5.5 x 9 x 8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Bequest of Amelia W. Little