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c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups
  • c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups

c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups

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£580.00


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c1820 Pedestal Dish of Chinese Style Early Spode Egg Cups

A very fine and beautifully decorated early to mid 19th century circular pedestal dish, with 5 holes that hold 5 egg cups by Josiah Spode and Copeland. The egg cups and the dish have been decorated dishes have been decorated in a Chinese/Japanese Kakiemon style, with hand painted rust red, blue, green and gold decoration on white early bone china. The detail of the design is superb, with lots of very fine concentric circles and flowers. From another piece we have, we know the pattern design number 2948. On the underside, there are only the handwritten SPODE in red on the dish. This is indicative of early pieces and appears on pieces 1780 to 1820. The company traded under that name from around 1770 to 1833. However, only one of the egg cups has that mark, the others having later Copeland ink stamps and written pattern marks in red.

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" They also state that "the circular Spode cup stand is decorated with pattern 2948, c.1820. With this are five frame egg cups: Four are decorated with pattern 2948. Two of which are by Spode, c.1820 and two are later replacements made during the Copeland period, c.1850-90. The decorators of the two Copeland egg cups have applied the pattern incorrectly by placing the design of pairs of scroll circles beneath the band of pattern on the outside of the egg cups - this is missing from the Spode 2948 eggcups. One egg cup is Spode decorated with pattern 868, c.1806, you will see the design of circles running around the inside rim of the egg cup. With the lack of any other items decorated with pattern 868, perhaps this egg cup was acquired later as a replacement. You will see that the motif found in pattern 2948 is missing, which is how it should be. This motif distinguishes the two patterns".

Condition is very good, with some minor wear to the gold edge. There doesn't appear to be any damage to the egg cups, but there is a chip and small stable crack to the edge of the dish. However, this does not detract from the beauty of the pieces. There are 3 variations on the pattern, despite having the same pattern number. The cause of this is not clear, but is probably because they have been partly replaced over a period of time. This would explain the early SPODE mark and the slightly later Copeland. It remains a very desirable and rare item, and the Spode museum have asked for photos of it for their files.

Size dish: 18 x 5 cm (7 1/8 x 2 inches)
Size egg cup: 5 x 4 cm (2 x 1 ½ inches)
Weight: 509 g

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