This is a beautiful curved side dish attributed to Spode, made in about 1820. The dish is made of a light pearlware and decorated with a wonderful Greek/Etruscan pattern depicting many different mythological scenes.

 

This dish would have been part of a dinner service; there would have been a round dish in the centre, and several of these dishes fitted around that, probably each with their own lid.

 

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 about 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.

 

This dish is unmarked and it is not entirely clear who made it; the quality of the pottery suggests it could be Spode, as does the pattern, which was designed by Spode but copied by many other potters. 

 

This plate is decorated in the "Greek" fashion, which was inspired by the exciting 18th and 19th Century excavations of ancient sites of Greek, Roman, Minoan and Etruscan origin in Southern Europe. In particular, these images were also used by Spode and are copies of the famous Kirk etchings from 1804 of Hamilton's Etruscan vases that were purchased by the British Museum. You can see that the panels in the rim are all shaped like Etruscan vases.

 

There are many mythological scenes on this dish - too many to mention and it would take an expert to identify them all! 

 

CONDITION REPORT The dish is in excellent antique condition without any wear, damage or repairs. The glaze is fresh and smooth and although the dish does not ring when tapped, there is no visible crazing. There are some small firing faults in the glaze, as is normal for items of this period.

 

Kilns were fired on coal in the late 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles, and the glazing surface can be a little uneven in places. This is normal for antique items from the 19th Century. This plate was fired smoothly but you will see some imperfections.

 

Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains 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 see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS at widest points: 32cm (12.5") X 17cm (6 3/4").

 

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.

Curved side dish, attr. to Spode, with Greek/Etruscan Kirk pattern, ca 1820

SKU: A-SPO33
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