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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 butter dish. A)--Circular form w/ dished, shaped rim w/ 2 leaf molded and shaped tab handles and deep cavetto and flat circular face. B)--The cover of circular, lobed, and domed form w/ molded top and leaf molded knop. Gilt accents at knop. C)--Liner of circular form w/ hole at center.
butter dishes (serving dishes)
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
8 (W), 5.875 (diameter) (inches)
Bequest of Amelia W. Little