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This is a beautiful plate made by Copeland in 1848. It is decorated with a sublimely painted flower arrangement by the artist Greatbatch. 


We have two sets of 8 of these plates available, as well as a few more separate ones; please see separate listings.


The Copeland factory was the third iteration of the famous Spode factory, after the "Copeland & Garrett" period which transitioned into the "Copeland" period in about 1833. The Spode/Copeland 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, the rim meticulously reticulated in the "Gothic" shape. Reticulation was very time consuming and difficult, and just this detail would have made this plate expensive. The sublimely painted flower arrangement painted in the centre were done by Greatbatch, one of the well-known floral artists working for Copeland. Greatbatch was active between 1845 and 1860, and worked together with his brother R. Greatbatch, who was a talented gilder. They exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851.


This plate would have belonged to a sublimely expensive dessert service. It is stamped with the small blue Copeland mark with interlocking C's, and painted in red with the pattern number 7913, dating it at the year 1848.