Ridgway, Morley and Wear's "Caledonian" pattern follows a simple formula--a lively plaid p...
Ridgway, Morley and Wear's "Caledonian" pattern follows a simple formula--a lively plaid pattern covers the flange and is adapted to create a coordinating center medallion. The tartan-like plaid evokes the romance of the Scottish highlands as does the use of the Roman name for the region, Caledonia.
A second glance, however, reveals a designer's deviation from the Scottish originals. The strict horizontal and vertical lines of traditional tartan have been replaced by intersecting arcs, each bearing an ornamental pattern resembling embroidery; the spaces left by the intersections contain additional crosshatching. Not only do these arcs conform to the curved platter shape more readily than right-angle lines, they are handy for the formation of the eight-pointed star medallion in the center. The only other ornamentation is a lightly drawn border of pendant devices that finish off the inner edge of the border.
Ridgway, Morley and Wear found their "Caledonian" formula adaptable to a number of decorative variants. Here a bi-color treatment with teal green border and red medallion adds additional flair and suggests an appropriate table accent for the holiday season.
|Dimensions:||Length 9 5/8 in.; Width 7 3/4 in.|
The romance of rugged landscapes peopled by fiercely independent clans -- each identified...
The romance of rugged landscapes peopled by fiercely independent clans -- each identified by a distinctive tartan pattern -- captured the imagination of the British public early in the nineteenth century. This fascination would continue through most of the nineteenth century, generating a variety of tartan products from floor coverings to boxes and cases for sewing notions to tableware.
However, Ridgway, Morley and Wears' "Caledonian" pattern also hints at a shift from from scene and border patterns to patterns based entirely on ornament that would begin in the mid-nineteenth century and would culminate in the dominant twentieth century approach to tableware design.
Additional red and green "Caledonian" variants currently available on this website are featured in the final photo.