This is a beautiful dessert plate made by Copeland Spode in 1924. The plate is decorated in the traditional Sèvres style, which originated at this French factory in the 18th Century and was used ever after by several French, German and English factories.


"Copelands Spode" was the new name of the famous Spode factory after the period it was called Copeland & Garrett and then Copeland. The Spode factory was one of the most prominent potteries right from the start of English porcelain production in the late 1700s to the demise of the industry in the 1960s and ultimate closure in the early 21st Century. In fact it was the founder Josiah Spode who was responsible for the recipe for bone china that made English china production so successful in the two centuries to come. Throughout all the changes, their items have always remained of exceptionally high quality and many of the designs have become iconic.


This plate was potted in fine white bone china and decorated with a deep green ground colour and little gilt "oeil de perdrix" details. There are flower reserves on the rim and a flower bouquet in the centre of the plate, all painted with great skill and initialled J.A. The gilded scrolls around the flower reserves are applied in "raised gilt", a difficult and expensive process reserved for the highest quality tableware. The style of this plate with its flower reserves and oeil de perdrix on a deep green border is a literal copy of the famous 18th Century "Sèvres" plates, which have been repeated by countless factories over the years.


This plate is of a very high quality and would have belonged to a sublimely expensive dessert service sold by Thomas Goode, the famous retailer in Mayfair in London. Thomas Goode ordered many exclusive designs from factories such as Minton, Spode and Coalport. This highly esteemed porcelain and glass retailer is still in business today.


The plate is stamped with the green Copelands Spode mark as well as the Thomas Goode retailers mark. There is an imprinted date cypher for May 1924, and the pattern number C1662.


CONDITION REPORT The plate is in absolutely perfect condition and seems to have never been used.


Antique British porcelain 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 (diameters): 24cm (9.5").

Copeland Spode plate, green Sèvres style, Thomas Goode, 1924

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