We are pleased to offer this set of twelve antique porcelain plates in the Spode “Mandarin Ducks” pattern.
Made in England circa 1820 the plates show a pair of brightly colored mandarin ducks swimming among pink water lilies. The green and yellow of the ducks juxtaposed with the hot pink of the waterlilies makes these plates come alive. The pink of the border enhances the center scene. The colors make this scene joyful! The plates are marked on the reverse with the Spode mark of the period.
In the shop we also have: A pair of oval shaped serving dishes 10.5′ X 7.25″ (see image 7), price: $300 for the pair. A pair of rectangular fruit trays 11″ x 7.25″(see image 8), price: $750 for the pair.
Background of Spode: Josiah Spode I died in 1797 and it fell to his son Josiah Spode II to continue and perfect his father’s developments. In partnership with William Copeland, Josiah II continued the business for the next thirty years Under their management in the early 19th century, considered by many to be the “Golden Age” of English ceramics, the company grew to be the largest pottery in Stoke and a pre-eminent manufacturer of fine ceramics of every kind. Josiah Spode II was appointed “Potter to the Prince of Wales” when the Prince Regent visited the factory in 1806.