Hicks and Meigh - New Oval teaset 


The  "new oval" teaset would have had a teapot, teapot stand, slop bowl, sugar box or sucrier, creamer, bread and butter plates,  bute shaped tea cups (and possibly also coffee cans and teabowls), and saucers.   Examples of teapots in this group are illustrated in plates 1298 to 1300 in Miller and Berthoud (1985).  The Hicks and Meigh new oval pieces have very low pattern numbers suggesting that they represent the first products of this factory. Ridgways made very similar pieces but with pattern numbers over 300. Click here for comparison of some of the pieces. Click here for Hicks and Meigh cups.

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New oval teapot  solidly potted in creamy body with finely crazed glaze. Decorated with brick red transfer print hand coloured with hand painted flowers on body and handpaintedsprigs on spout. Pattern 23 painted in red (3.5mm high) on base. Knob on lid 35.8mm long. Dome shaped strainer (31mm wide, 39 mm long, holes 2.2mm) with no holes near its edges.(aj519 Base length 122mm, width 94mm.)

Oval teapot stand with flat unglazed base in pattern number 27.  (m018 width 184 mm) Miller

New oval sugar box or sucrier  with finely crazed creamy body. Marked pattern number 27 in pink on base (see inset). (m019 Base length 101mm) Miller
New oval sugar box or sucrier. No mark but pattern number 314 on cups. (a167 Base length 102.7mm width 73.8 mm) Wragg

Slop bowl with footrim rounded on outside edge. Pattern 29 painted in red on base. (aj200 width of base 97.5 mm)

Bread and butter plate with simple footrim rounded and curved sides. Pattern 27 painted in pink on base. (aj559 width 217 mm)

New oval creamer with  handle with small thumbrest. Fine   bone china body. Marked on base with red painted pattern number 35. (m017 base length 77mm) Miller
New oval creamer with  handle with upwards pointing thumbrest. Fine  white bone china body. Marked on base with painted pattern number 27 in pink. (m017 base length 77mm) Miller
Smaller new oval creamer with  handle with upwards pointing thumbrest. Fine  white bone china body. No mark but pattern number 314 on cups. (a166 base length 73.6mm, width 55.4 mm) Wragg

Teabowl No pattern number but the style of painting is very similar to that of creamer marked 27. (a168, h48.8, w87, b (47.7) ) Wragg

Bute shaped cup with a "loop" handle with two gentle kicks along the lower edge. Creamy body and very finely crazed glaze, slight flare at rim. Shallow foot recess with gently curved edge. No pattern number but the style of painting is very similar to that on creamer marked 27. (aj484, h56.3, w89.5, b39.9 (45), handle:16 (20.1), v31.5, w7.4, 5.8, t4.1)
Bute shaped cup with a Ridgway-style "loop" handle with two gentle kicks along the lower edge. Finely crazed creamy body, slight flare at rim. Shallow foot recess with gently curved edge. Decorated with hand coloured red transfer. From teaset with new oval teapot marked with pattern 35 in red (see right). (aj130, h55.8, w87.8, b39.2  handle: h16.4, v30.2, 18.6, k30.1, w7.4, 5.9, t4.6)

 Coffee can with a Ridgway-style "loop" handle with two gentle kicks along the lower edge. Veranda pattern transfer print with gilt rim line and  blue seal mark on base (ht 5.5mm) like figs 17 and 18 in Ironside (1992) suggest Hicks and Meigh. (aj444, h58.8, w64.9, b55.1 (62.2) handle: h17.5 (22), v32.4, k28.5, w7.1, 5.9, t4.3)
Comparisons with Ridgway

Hicks and Meigh (left below) new oval teapots are very similar to those made by Ridgway (right below). The main differences are: (1) both spouts have flat tops but the Hicks and Meigh spout has a smaller base, attached to the pot in a lower position, and is longer; (2) both spouts have a domed strainer inside the pot but the Hicks and Meigh strainer is smaller (~40mm long), has smaller holes (~2 mm) which usually do not overlap with the sides of the pot. Pattern numbers if present are below 200 for Hicks and Meigh and 300 or above for Ridgway.

 

References:

Miller, P and Berthoud, M (1985) "An Anthology of British Teapots" Micawber Publications

Ironside, M. (1998) "Hicks and Meigh Porcelain of the 1813 - 1822 Period: Dessert Wares and Tea Wares." Morley College Ceramics Circle Bulletin, Series 3, (No: 1).

 

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