Ridgway was one of great pioneers of British china production, alongside other giants like Spode, Coalport, Davenport and Minton. They transformed into the lesser-known Brown-Westhead & Moore in the late 1850s, and this beautiful cup and saucer were made shortly after, in 1864. They take forward the wonderful tradition of combining lavish gilt with muted colours such as grey and beige, something Ridgway was particularly good at. Ridgway grey and beige, and in this case, Brown-Westhead & Moore beige, is never boring – it is alive and even vibrant! You can find the listing here in my Antiques shop.