Dudson — Ridgway
Vases

There was clearly co-operation between the two factories and it is difficult to establish exactly how far that went. Both factories appear to have manufactured vases of the same shapes. Dudson probably supplied the Bedford Works with moulds, glazes and ideas. Ridgway supplied the manufacturing capacity that Dudson did not have. Presumably there was a sharing of profits.

Up to this point I have considered it fairly simple to distinguish the wares produced by Dudson and those by the Bedford Works. Basically, everything with a fractional pattern number was Ridgway, and everything else was Dudson. I was, however, confronted with a problem after reading Jewitt's The Ceramic Art of Great Britain (1878). Volume 2 describes the products of both the Bedford Works and Dudson's Hope Street Works. Jewitt states that both factories produced moulded ware and mosaic ware, but only the Bedford Works produced jasper ware and jet ware, and he praises both wares with effusive language. Whilst the comment on jet or ebony ware was to be expected, that on jasper ware was not. All jasper wares were, up to now, thought to have been produced at Hope Street. Until this apparent contradiction is resolved, I shall be listing the wares by type and number series rather than factory.

 

Dudson ~ Hope Street Works

James Dudson

Ridgway ~ Bedford Works

E. J. Ridgway (& Sons)
Ridgway, Sparks & Ridgway
Ridgways

 

Impressed Number Series

Pattern 84 "E. J. Ridgway" Portland Vase

Incised Number Series

Pattern 401

Fractional Number Series

All fractionally numbered vases are now listed on the E. J. Ridgway vase page.

 

Impressed Number Series

 

Pattern 84 "E. J. Ridgway" Portland Vase

The Portland Vase is 200mm tall and 150mm wide. White stoneware covered with blue slip and white sprigs.

Portland Vase side

Portland Vase handle

Portland Vase top

Portland Vase base

Portland Vase marks

As the impressed number is the pattern number on the 'Milan' jugs I have assumed that the "84" is the pattern number here.

Photos © Tony Curnock 2021

 

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Incised Number Series

 

Pattern 401

The spill vase is 100mm tall. Brown stoneware with white sprigs.

Pattern 401 spill vase side 1

Pattern 401 spill vase side 2 detail

Pattern 401 spill vase side 3 detail

Pattern 401 spill vase side 4 detail

Pattern 401 spill vase base

Pattern 401 spill vase pattern number

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Fractional Number Series

All fractionally numbered vases are now listed on the E. J. Ridgway vase page.

 

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