Church Works and Cobden Works
Early vases

Since most vases seem to be on individual shapes it seems simplest to gather them all on one page.

For later vases see the E. J. Ridgway Vase page.

For Jasperware vases see the Dudson-Ridgway Vase page.

 

Church Works and Cobden Works

William Ridgway & Co.

Pattern 65

Pattern 96 "Armidale/Chirk"

Pattern 176

Pattern 206

Pattern 260

Pattern 414

 

Pattern 65

There is no pattern number on this vase. The pattern number was found by referencing the traveller's pattern book formerly in the possession of Geoffrey Godden, and now in the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery. The entry states: 'No 65 / Beaker Vase same as 34 only instead of Hair / Brown base Mulberry base is used.'1 The entry for Pattern 34 shows a vase of this shape and decoration. The base colour here is, however, definitely Mulberry.

The 'Beaker' shape vase is 235mm tall and 118mm widest diameter. Pale blue stoneware
The tips of the handles are broken off both sides. The original shape may be seen on the similar vase below.

Pattern 65 vase top

Pattern 65 vase first side

Pattern 65 vase second side

Pattern 65 vase third side

Pattern 65 vase fourth side

Pattern 65 vase base

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

Here is a second example with complete handles and a pattern number, but quite different scenes. It is also somewhat smaller.

The 'Beaker' shape vase is 178mm tall. Pale blue stoneware.

Pattern 65 vase first side

Pattern 65 vase second side

Pattern 65 vase handle side

Pattern 65 vase base

Pattern 65 vase pattern number

Photos © John Harbold 2021

 

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Pattern 96 "Armidale/Chirk"

There is no pattern number on this vase. The page in the pattern book for Pattern 96 shows the same view of Armadale Castle but in full colour on a white 'Beaker' shape vase. The picture has a large cross drawn across it and the words 'Not a / colored / Landscape' are written vertically. Horizontally across the base is written: 'Black Printed Landscape / not a painted one. E.S.'1 The identity of E.S. is not known. The printing here is a very dark brown rather than black, but it is otherwise clearly a match to the pattern book. It is not clear if this is part of a series of illustrations of stately homes, or a one-off.

The 'Beaker' shape vase is 133mm tall and 68mm widest diameter. White stoneware.

Armidale/Chirk vase top

"Armidale [sic] Invernesshire" - Armadale is a now derelict MacDonald castle on Skye. The building shown was destroyed by fire in 1855, partially rebuilt, and abandoned in 1925. The gardens are now the home of the Clan Donald Centre.

Armidale/Chirk vase first side

Armidale/Chirk vase second side

"Chirk Castle Denbighshire" - Formerly the home of the Myddelton family, and now a National Trust property.

Armidale/Chirk vase third side

Armidale/Chirk vase base

Armidale/Chirk vase mark1

Armidale/Chirk vase mark2

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 176

The vase is 114mm tall. Pale blue stoneware.

Pattern 176 vase front

Pattern 176 vase side

Pattern 176 vase top

Pattern 176 vase pattern number

Photos © John Harbold 2017

 

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Pattern 206

The vase is 257mm high. Pale blue stoneware.
One handle broken.

Pattern 206 vase top

Pattern 206 vase side 1

Pattern 206 vase side 2

Pattern 206 vase side 3

Pattern 206 vase handle detail

Pattern 206 vase side 4

Pattern 206 vase base

Pattern 206 vase pattern number

Photos © Angela Grant 2018

 

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Pattern 260

The vase is 114mm tall. Pale blue stoneware.

Pattern 260 vase front

Pattern 260 vase top

The only difference between patterns 176 and 260 appears to be the way the gilding is applied at the top.

Pattern 260 vase pattern number

Photos © John Harbold 2017

 

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Pattern 414

Despite the damage to the foot this remains an important piece.

The vase is 100mm tall and 55mm in diameter. Sage stoneware.

Pattern 414 spill vase side 1

Pattern 414 spill vase side 2

Pattern 414 spill vase side 3

Pattern 414 spill vase base

Pattern 414 spill vase pattern number

Photos © Tony Curnock 2020

 

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Notes

1. Pattern book entry by courtesy of the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

 

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