Misleading Pieces

Ralph & James Clews, Cobridge Works, Cobridge, 1818-1834


Butterfly and Trellis

Plagiarism was, I'm afraid, rife in the Potteries, and the Ridgway partnerships themselves were known to copy the designs of others. In this case, however, it does appear that it is Clews copying Ridgway. For the Ridgway version of the print see here, and for the shape see here.

The dessert plate or twiffler is 225mm in diameter. Earthenware.

Clews Butterfly and Trellis plate front

Clews Butterfly and Trellis plate impressed mark

The impressed marks reads "CLEWS WARRANTED STAFFORDSHIRE".

Photos © Tommy Cheatham 2020


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