Antique Ridgways Pottery Sepia 20cm Robbie Burns Collector’s Plate
This Antique Ridgways Pottery Sepia 20cm Robbie Burns Collector’s Plate probably dates to between 1912 and 1920 or late Victorian times. Amber ware/ Treacle Ware Ridgways Pottery was produced in a few ranges but this particular pattern is based on the Scottish poet, Robbie Burns’ famous character Tam O’Shanter and his best friend, Souter Johnny, from the poem of the same name, Tam O’ Shanter. A ‘Souter’ is a cobbler or shoemaker.
Measuring 20cm (8″) in diameter, this wall hanging collector’s plate is in good condition, with no chips, cracks or restoration. The gilt edge has faded in parts and there is some crazing. A great little piece of artwork pottery for the Robbie Burns fan!
The back mark appears to be the Ridgways Bow and Quiver Back mark used post 1912-1920 for Ridgways, (Bedford Works) Ltd before it became Ridgways & Adderley Limited in 1952, and Ridgways Potteries from 1955. However, Ridgways used a very similar Bow and Quiver back mark ~1880-1912, hence it is possible that this plate could be late Victorian. We can assume that the plate is at least 100 years old!
The two figures are based on the popular life-size statues of both Burns’ characters, made in 1828 by the stone mason, James Thom, which currently reside in the ‘Statue House,’ Burns Monument Gardens, Alloway, Scotland.
Extract From Robbie Burns’ ‘Tam O’ Shanter’ Poem
Robbie Burns poem, Tam O’Shanter: taken from http://www.robertburns.org.uk/Assets/Poems_Songs/tamoshanter.htm
And at his elbow, Souter Johnny,
His ancient, trusty, drouthy crony;
Tam lo’ed him like a vera brither–
They had been fou for weeks thegither!
And at his elbow, Cobbler Johnny,
His ancient, trusted, thirsty crony;
Tom loved him like a very brother,
They had been drunk for weeks together.
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