Made c.1830, the scene (taken from an earlier, probably late 18th century print) depicts a match to the foreground with Windsor Castle and the Thames beyond.
This ‘well and tree’ dish measuring 19in (48cm) across is the largest of the series. It is in decent condition although it has some restoration to the underside and a rim chip.
It was last offered as part of the landmark Keith Crump auction at Dreweatts in September 2006. The dish reappeared at Knights Sporting Auctions (20% buyer’s premium) in Norwich on March 18 where, estimated at £1500-2000, it took £4400.
A slightly smaller meat dish with a moulded border in the same ‘Cricket at Windsor Castle’ pattern was sold by Knights in July 2021 for £1400. It, too, had some condition issues.
Crump, a former Oxfordshire master butcher and active member of the Wootton Bassett Cricket Club, had a remarkable collection of cricketing ceramics including one of the earliest pieces of the genre – a £9500 creamware jug with a print titled Grand Cricket Match Played In Lord’s Ground Mary-Le-Bone June 20 sold at Dreweatts. The game, won by 10 wickets by the Earl of Winchelsea’s MCC team, was held in 1793.