This is a stunning Copeland & Garrett dinner plate made between 1833 and 1847. The plate is made of pearlware and decorated with a superbly executed blue and white transfer print belonging to the very famous and now extremely rare "Indian Sporting" series. This particular depiction is called "Death Of The Bear", as you can read on the reverse of one of the plate.

 

I have two plates in excellent condition available in this listing, and one with a slight nibble in a separate listing.

 

Blue on white decorations were done in East Asia for many centuries, and were made popular in the West by the Dutch Delftware potters in the 17th century. In circa 1800, the famous Spode factory in Staffordshire created a transfer printing process that could mass produce beautifully decorated blue and white wares, making this a very common and desired choice of tableware for the two centuries to come. Potters all-over Britain quickly started to make use of this new technology and copied the famous Spode patterns. These printed patterns varied widely in their quality; these plates are of superb quality in every aspect. Copeland & Garrett was the new name of the Spode factory after the Spode family had died.

 

The image is an exciting and fanciful depiction of a hunting scene: a bear is being hunted by dogs, men on horses and men on a huge elephant. The rim of the plate is adorned with pictures of tigers, lions, cranes and wild boars. The image was based on Samuel Howitt's engravings from 'Indian Field Sports' published in 1807. Of course the pottery artists had never been in India and there was no internet to study what things looked like in India, so this plate ended up a curious mix of various exotic elements, looking nothing like the actual India or Indians! But of course you have to see these things in the context of their own time.

 

The plate carries both a blue printed and an imprinted mark "Copeland & Garrett Late Spode".

 

CONDITION REPORT: The plate is in excellent antique condition with no damage or wear, although it has some crazing that is visible on the back.

 

Antique British china is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.

 

There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS 24.8 cm (9 3/4") diameter.

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Copeland & Garrett plate, blue and white transfer "Death of the Bear", 1833-1847

SKU: A-SPO32a
£185Price
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