Set Ten Pearlware Plates with Chinoiserie Decoration Made England, circa 1820


A set of ten English pearl-glazed creamware plates with chinoiserie decoration.

The plates show beautiful flowers and traditional Chinese objects of good luck. Made by Spode in England circa 1820, the decoration is exuberant and asymmetrical, with a focus on stylized flora and material objects.


Dm 7.9 in. x H 1 in.






Spode was founded by Josiah Spode in 1770 in Stoke-on-Trent. After some early trials, Spode perfected a stoneware, an extremely refined stoneware that came closer to porcelain than any previously, and introduced his “Stone-China” in 1813. It was light in body, greyish-white, and gritty where it was not glazed and approached translucence in the early wares; later Stone-Ware became opaque. Spode pattern books, which record about 75,000 patterns, survive from about 1800.

Chinoiserie focuses on subjects that were thought by Europeans to be typical of Chinese culture. First appearing in the 17th century, this trend was popularized in the 18th century and early 19th centuries due to the rise in trade with China.

Decorator’s Tip

Layer on top of a simpler plate, such as our Wedgwood Thistle Pattern Dishes, for a stunning combination.

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