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Dessert dish with vine decoration: C.58-1992

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Current Location: In storage


Dessert dish with vine decoration


Production: William Ridgway & Co (Perhaps)




Mustard yellow, relief moulded, smear-glazed stoneware.

Press-moulded dessert dish, egg-shaped with indented edge and wide sloping rim, standing on an oval footring. The wider end of the dish extends to form a handle, moulded in the form of a stylised shell emerging from scrolled leaves. The well is decorated with vine leaves laid over each other over a net background. On the rim, a continuous spray of fruiting vine winds over a rectangular trellis, interrupted by the handle. The underside, inside the foot-ring, is flat and smear-glazed.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs Joan Eve

Measurements and weight

Height: 4.8 cm
Length: 25.7 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Hanley ⪼ Staffordshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1992) by Eve, Joan


19th Century, Mid#
Circa 1830 CE - 1850 CE


Relief moulded, smear-glazed stoneware was a popular material for domestic items in the mid 19th century The surface makes the most of the way that colour-stained clays show off crisply-moulded ornament, whilst the stoneware would be durable in an everyday setting. There are several examples in the Fitzwilliam Collection, including jugs and a candlestick.. The design of this dish suggests it was made in the 1830s or 40s.

William Ridgway & Co. (from 1845, Ridgway and Abington) was a significant producer of moulded, smear-glazed products, but the dish is unmarked and may equally have been made by another pottery, such as Minton, Charles Meigh or William Brownlow.

Components of the work

Decoration composed of glaze

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Relief moulded, smear-glazed stoneware

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.58-1992
Primary reference Number: 75578
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 15 July 2020 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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