A group of eight Spode English china dishes in the “Mandarin” pattern decorated with a chinoiserie waterside scene. Made in England circa 1820, these dishes can be seen in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum.
The scene shows an aristocratic lady with a small boy standing on the green lawn of their home with the sea in the background. A European trading ship can be seen in the on the water, a celebration of the trade between the East and West at this time. The pattern is a copy of an 18th-century Chinese pattern and it could be depicting Dutch, Portuguese, or British trade. The border, known as the “Ship Border,” is painted with pink peonies in a Chinese Famille Rose style and can be found on many other Spode plates.
Each plate is marked “Spode Stone China” with the pattern number 3067.
The combination of all the colors: the pink, brown and green with touches of gilt are lovely. These Spode English china dishes would be particularly suitable for decoration because seven of the eight are interesting shapes. They will enhance any display cabinet or wall.
The group comprises: three shell shaped serving dishes, two pairs of oval dishes, one pair of ovals with gilded handles, and a single round serving plate 9.75 inches diameter.
Josiah Spode I died suddenly 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.
A Spode English china dish in this pattern can be seen in the collection of the V & A Museum.
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