Ten Antique Spode “Dollar” Pattern Porcelain Dishes



A fine Spode porcelain dinnerware set of ten dishes in the wonderful “Dollar” pattern decorated in brilliant colors and gilded.

The pattern is known as the Dollar pattern because the lavender and green in the panels forms a design which mimics the dollar sign. This pattern derives from an old Chinese pattern showing a Chinese character hiding amongst a tree with elaborate foliage. The character represents happiness and longevity. English painters translated the meaningful Chinese pattern into a purely decorative one.

The soft orange ground, highlighted with gilded branches and flowers, creates a most appealing design with a surprising similarity to Matisse’s work some 100 years later.


H 1 in. x Dm 8.75 in.






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.

Decorator’s Tip

Set your table with a matching set of Spode Dollar Pattern tea cups and saucers.

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