Imperial: At neck 11.25 ins x 9 ins, overall height 13 ins
Metric: At neck 28.5 cm x 23 cm, overall height 33 cm
A magnificent large tureen from the extensive and famous series by John & William Ridgway, depicting many of the colleges and buildings in the universities of Oxford and Cambridge. Noted for the superb quality of the design and printing, each scene is framed by a striking border with medallions containing a goat and cherubs, here set off by bold cobalt blue side handles and finial to the cover. The base depicts Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge and the cover Magdalen Tower & Bridge, Oxford.
Backstamp: Caius College Cambridge Opaque China J & W Ridgway.
The tureen is crazed with light discolouration, mainly inside to the base and underneath, and also a hairline of approximately 1¼” to the rim. Underneath the cover is some signs of wear and a hairline parallel to the rim which has been stabilised and does not go through to the top. There is also another hairline affecting the rim and ladle cut out, part of which has lost some glaze and a little body. Also to the ladle cut out is a tiny amateur restoration and a little pitting. Nevertheless, this is a stunning piece.
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