Spode Dishes with Hand-Painted Birds and Apple Green Borders



A set of Spode dishes with hand-painted birds and apple green borders.

This set of dishes was made in England by Spode in the Regency period, circa 1815. What makes these dishes so special is the beauty and artistry of the hand-painted birds and the English apple green borders which enhance the painting of the birds. Shown in their natural setting, either nesting or perched on a branch, each bird is an example of the finest in porcelain painting. The dishes are ornithological: the reverse of each dish has purple script marks naming each of the specific birds. The back of each dish also shows the pattern number 1393.

At the time of these plates’ production, the study of the natural sciences was developing rapidly. Classification of birds was part of the general scientific interest. As this was before photography, hand-painted and colored engravings of birds were important to scientific work and became popular in the decorative arts. It is during this period that John James Audubon was developing his skills as a painter of birds which culminated in “The Birds of America (1827–1839)”. It is considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed.

These dishes would make a beautiful presentation in any home especially in the home of a bird lover.

This Spode set comprises:

  • sixteen 9.8 inch diameter dinner dishes ($8200 for the sixteen dinner dishes)
  • one square serving dish ( $850)
  • four oval shaped serving dishes ( $700 each)

The set of dinner dishes, the square, and the ovals can all be purchased separately (priced as noted). Please contact us if you’re interested in purchasing separately.




$12,050 for the set

History of early Spode

Josiah Spode I began the company in 1776. He died suddenly in 1797 and his son Josiah Spode II worked to perfect his father’s developments. In partnership with William Copeland, Josiah II continued the business for the next thirty years. Under their management the company grew to be the largest pottery in Stoke and a pre-eminent manufacturer of fine ceramics. Josiah Spode II was appointed “Potter to the Prince of Wales” when the Prince Regent visited the factory in 1806.

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