Spode Peacock Pattern Ironstone Dishes

$1,650.00

Description

A set of Spode dinner plates. These Spode peacock pattern ironstone dishes were made in England circa 1820. The pattern shows a chinoiserie scene with a peacock and a pheasant standing on rocky outcroppings. The peacock and pheasant sit in a flowing garden alongside one typical oversized pink peony.

This set has the Spode mark “Spode Stone China” which was in use from 1805 until 1830.

Condition

Excellent

Dimensions
  • Eighteen dishes — Dm 9.65 in.
  • Dozen dishes — Dm 8.1 in.
Price

The price for the eighteen larger dishes is $1,170.

The price for the dozen smaller dishes is $600.

We would sell each size separately.

History

The peacock pattern was one of the most popular Chinese patterns made for export to Europe from China. As imports from China declined at the end of the 18th century, English porcelain factories copied the Chinese patterns. They adapted the patterns to suit English tastes of the time.

Josiah Spode II first copied the Chinese Peacock design around 1814. Peacock was produced by Spode on stone china which closely imitated the Chinese porcelains. Later in the 19th century Spode continued to manufacture the Peacock pattern on both earthenware and eventually on bone china.

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 stoneware became opaque. Spode pattern books, which record about 75,000 patterns, survive from about 1800.

Decorator’s Tip

Set your table with two different Spode chinoiserie patterns for an unexpected statement.


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