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Georgian Spode Soup Bowl or Plate in Chinese Flowers Pattern, circa 1820



This is a beautiful bowl or soup plate produced by the Spode factory and made of a type of earthenware pottery called Pearl-ware, in the early 19th Century. The pattern is called "Chinese Flowers" pattern number 2963, the floral decoration being transfer printed under-glaze then carefully hand painted in bold coloured enamels with additional gilding over-glaze. A plate in this pattern is shown on page 39 of Steven Smith's book called Spode and Copeland, published by Schiffer. The bowl is fully marked to the base, with an impressed upper case Spode, together with 28 and the pattern number 2963 hand painted in iron red to the side. We date this fine bowl to circa 1820, the mark being in use 1815-1830. Free global shipping.


  • Creator
    Spode (Manufacturer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 1.5 in. (3.81 cm)Diameter: 9.75 in. (24.77 cm)
  • Style
    Chinoiserie (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Lincoln, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: P 4471stDibs: LU990314596731

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    Ships From: Lincoln, United Kingdom
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About Spode (Manufacturer)

Spode is one of the oldest and most distinguished of the great pottery companies of Staffordshire, the time-honored home of English ceramics. The firm’s blue and white bone china transferware is a timeless classic. Spode dishes compose the sort of elegant dinner service that most of us envision on a traditional holiday table.

     The company was established in 1770 in Stoke-on-Trent by Josiah Spode, a friend and neighbor of another estimable English ceramist, Josiah Wedgwood. Spode was particularly known for two technical achievements in the firm’s early decades. The first was to develop a standard formula for the making of bone china — a type of porcelain (made with a mixture of bone ash, minerals and clay) that is dazzlingly white and so strong it can be used to create very thin translucent plates and vessels. The other was to perfect the making of transferware. That process involves the transfer of pictorial images inked on tissue paper — such as the garden scenery in the famous Willow dish patterns — onto ceramics that are then sealed with a glaze. In 1833, following the sudden death of Josiah Spode III, business partner W.T. Copeland took over the company and changed its name. Collectors regard Copeland-marked pieces as Spode china. The Spode brand was revived in 1970.

     From the 1820s onward, Spode enjoyed tremendous success both in Britain and elsewhere owing to the beauty and vitality of its decorative imagery. By some counts, Spode created more than 40,000 patterns in the 19th century. Many favorite Spode patterns — among them Blue Italian, India Tree, Greek and Woodland — date to the company’s early years. Spode’s most popular pattern, Christmas Tree, was introduced in 1938. Prices for Spode china vary widely, based on the size of the service, its condition and the pattern. An antique dinner service for 12 people or more, in good repair and complete with cups and serving dishes, will generally cost between $10,000 and $20,000. Such Spode services become heirlooms — a proud and timeless addition to a family’s table. And as you will see on these pages, Spode’s rich and varied wares offer a visual feast in and of themselves.

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