c1970 Spode Trade Winds Sauce Boat with Attached Dish


A beautiful and quite rare circular Spode ‘Trade Winds’ Red Ship Sauce Boat Bowl, with lid and with the under-dish attached.

The domed lid is decorated with 2 ships: the West Indiaman Felicity (Built 1820) and the Brig Eliza (1865). The bowl is attached to the dish underneath and is decorated by to small boats: the Barque Free Trader and the Revenue Cutter (1815). The underside of the dish has the relevant names and the maker’s mark for Spode England and the design ‘Trade Winds’. The Sauce Boat is made of c1800 Josiah Spode’s own Fine Stone China with a white base colour decorated with red bands and scalloped edge and gold trim. Condition is mint. The Fine Stone china makes the platter substantial and heavy.

The Trade Winds pattern was introduced around 1960 from an idea by Mr. George Thompson, President of Copeland & Thompson Inc. New York (the agents for Spode in the USA). George Thompson had researched the US market and discovered there was a demand for this type of historical tableware and the idea was taken up by the Spode company with the project led by Robert Copeland the Sales Director at the time. Denis Emery drew out the design following extensive research of historical sailing ships amongst specialist books and manuscripts and visits to the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich. The designs were than hand engraved onto copper plates for production by printing. All the ships were chosen for the design were mostly American, with some British, and are all named on the reverse. In addition to Trade Winds Red, versions were also later produced in Blue and Black in a full range of dinner, tea and coffee wares. It was discontinued at the beginning of the 1990s. It has always been considered to be quality china ware and has become extremely collectable.

Size: 17.5 x 10.5 cm (6 7/8 x 4 1/8 inches)
Weight: 716 g