Cauldon Place Works
"By Royal Appointment" plate table shape

Geoffrey Godden illustrates a part service of this shape and Pattern 6119 in Ridgway Porcelains (1985), p.222, Plate 194, and the soup tureen and stand from the same service on p.107, Plate 115. In both case he gives an incorrect date of c.1850-51, whereas a more correct date, given the pattern number, would be early 1840s.

John Ridgway & Co.

"By Royal Appointment" plate

Pattern 5474 'Penang'

Pattern 5661 'Bentick'

 

"By Royal Appointment" plate

This extraordinary plate is something of a mystery. The first thought was it was an escapee from a royal service, but no such service exists in the Royal Collection. A notice to the effect that John Ridgway had been 'appointed Potter to the Queen' appeared in the Staffordshire Gazette and County Standard of 5 October 1839,1 and this plate may have been made as an exhibition piece to celebrate the fact, or as a sample made in the hope of gaining further royal orders. The decoration would fit the period of the announcement. After 1840 the issue of Royal Warrants was tightened up, and they were only granted to those supplying consistently over several years. After that permission was required to use the Royal Arms as a backstamp and was only granted to Warrant holders under the new system.

The dessert plate is 254mm in diameter. Bone china.

By Royal Appointment plate front

By Royal Appointment plate front detail upper

By Ryal Appointment plate front detail centre

By Royal Appointment plate front detail centre flowers

By Royal Appointment plate front detail lower

By Royal Appointment plate back

By Royal Appointment plate backstamp

This is the correct Royal Arms for Queen Victoria, unlike the Royal Arms normally used by the factory that included the inescutcheon of Hanover, which was incorrect after 1837, but which was used by the factory until the mid 1840s (see below).

Photos © Jonathan Charles 2020

 

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Pattern 5474 'Penang'

For other examples of the same print see the "Penang" print page.

The dessert plate is 228mm in diameter. Stoneware.

Pattern 5474 dessert plate front

Pattern 5474 dessert plate front detail

Pattern 5474 dessert plate back

Pattern 5474 dessert plate marks

The Royal Arms here is the version with the inescutcheon of Hanover, which was correct for George IV and William IV, but incorrect for Queen Victoria who came to the throne in 1837. Despite this, this version was used by the factory up to the mid 1840s.

The second dessert plate is a replacement produced by T. C. Brown-Westhead, Moore, & Co.
The dessert plate is 228mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 5474 dessert plate front

Pattern 5474 dessert plate front detail

Pattern 5474 dessert plate back

Pattern 5474 dessert plate pattern number

Pattern 5474 dessert plate marks

Photos © Collector from California 2020

 

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Pattern 5661 'Bentick'

For other examples of the same print see the "Bentick" print page.

The 8 inch muffin is 203mm in diameter. Bone china.

Pattern 5661 muffin front

Pattern 5661 muffin back

Pattern 5661 muffin pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2019

 

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Notes.

1. Information supplied by Pat Halfpenny.

 

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