This is a beautiful milk jug made by Spode between 1805 and 1810, which was the Regency era. The jug has a beautiful Regency style neo-Classical shape and a bright abstract shark teeth pattern in orange and gilt.

 

Spode was the great pioneer among the Georgian potters in England. Around the year 1800 he perfected the bone china recipe that has been used by British potters ever since, and he was also the leading potter behind the technique of transferware, making it possible for English potters to replace the Chinese export china, which had come to an end around that time, with their own designs. This was fundamental to a thriving industry that would last for about 150 years and provide half the world with their tableware. Spode porcelain is regarded as one of the highest quality porcelains around; for a soft-paste porcelain it is surprisingly hard and fine, and has a wonderful bright white colour.

 

The milk jug has the typical neo-Classical shape that was popular around that time, with clean and gracious lines. It would have belonged to a large tea service. The pattern is a bright shark teeth pattern in orange, red and gilt; it is very bold and striking.

 

The milk jug is unmarked, which was unusual for Spode, however the shape and pattern are clearly those of Spode.

 

CONDITION REPORT The milk jug is in very good antique condition without any chips or repairs and minimal wear. It has some very faint lines in the bottom, which I believe to only be glaze lines.

 

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  14cm X 7.5cm (5.5" X 3"); 10cm (4") high.

Spode milk jug, orange and gilt shark teeth, 1805-1810

SKU: A-SPO69
£155Price
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