According to the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Neoclassical “Greek Pattern, introduced in 1806, catered to the demand for classical subjects created by the Greek revival. Each shape in the service was decorated with the same four vases between reserves containing different scenes derived from engravings of Greek vases in the collection of Sir William Hamilton.”
*Cynisca was a Spartan princess and athlete. She competed in the Olympiads in the four-horse chariot races—as an owner and breeder of horses and won in 396 and 392 BCE, becoming the first woman to win at the Olympic Games.
Background of Spode
Josiah Spode I was credited with introducing underglaze blue transfer printing into the Staffordshire potteries in 1781–84. In 1797 Josiah Spode II took over the management of the company. He was well prepared for the role, trained as a salesman and a potter. Nine years later, Josiah II was appointed “Potter to the Prince of Wales” when the Prince Regent visited the factory in 1806. By the early 1820s, the Spode factory, managed by Josiah Spode II and his business partner William Copeland, had become the largest pottery in Stoke, England.
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