Church Works


William Ridgway, Son, & Co.

Nicholas Nickleby off-white


Nicholas Nickleby ~ off-white

These figures were, according to P. D. Gordon Pugh, probably modelled from a pirated play first performed at the Theatre Royal, Adelphi, on 20 November 1838.
Each figure is marked on the underside "Published by / W. RIDGWAY, SON & CO. / HANLEY, / September 1st, 1840.".
There are six known figures: Ralph Nickleby, Mrs. Nickleby, Nicholas Nickleby, Kate Nickleby, Wackford Squeers, and Smike.
The moulds were previously used by Ridgway & Robey at the Upper Hanley China Works to manufacture enamelled bone china figures.

Nicholas Nickleby is 220mm tall. Off-white stoneware.

Nicholas Nickleby off-white front

Photo © Bonhams 2005
Illustration of Lot 867 at their Knightsbridge sale on 25 May 2005.
Some damage.

Smike. Off-white stoneware.

Smike off-white front

The back of the pedestal is impressed marked "SMIKE".

Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2009
Accession number: CIRC.595-1965


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