c1820 Pair of Chinese Style Early Spode Serving Dishes


A very fine and beautifully decorated pair of early 19th century concave rectangular serving dishes by Josiah Spode.

The dishes have been decorated in a Chinese/Japanese Satsuma style, with hand painted rust red, blue, green and gold decoration on white hard paste early porcelain. The detail of the design is superb, with lots of very fine concentric circles. The handles at either side of the dish resemble vine shoots. On the underside, there are only the handwritten SPODE in red. This is indicative of early pieces and appears on pieces 1780 to 1820. The company traded under that name from around 1770 to 1833.

According to the Spode Museum these cups are the "the remains of what one assumes was a bone china tea, coffee, breakfast, dessert and dinner service possibly originally ordered by Edmund, nephew of Edmund Pollexfen Bastard of Kitley House, Yealmpton, South Devon and who succeeded him in 1812"

Condition is very good, with some minor wear to the gold edge. There doesn't appear to be any damage to the porcelain, but there are 2 minor kiln hairline marks to the lower rim of one of the bases. However, this perfectly acceptable on early wares and does not detract from the beauty of the pieces. A very desirable pair of dishes.

Size: 33 x 22 x 9 cm (13 x 8 ¾ x 3 ½ inches)
Weight: 1725 g