This is a stunning dessert service made by Spode in about 1820, which was the Regency era. The service is made of Felspar porcelain and decorated with beautiful hand painted landscape scenes. The service consists of one rectangular dish, two shell shaped dishes and eight square dessert plates.

 

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.

 

This dessert service was potted in "Felspar" porcelain, which was a new recipe that Spode brought out in about 1820. Felspar porcelain is a little heavier than the normal bone china, but it is as strong and beautiful, and as it doesn't chip as easily it was very popular for dinner and dessert services.

 

This shape of dessert service is very desired; the rectangular dish has wonderful handles in the shape of twigs and the shell dishes have richly gilded handles as well. The landscape scenes have been painted in autumnal brownish colours, often called "Chamberlain colours" because the Chamberlain factory was famous for these. Each landscape is unique.

 

All items are marked with the hand painted Spode mark; there is no Felspar mark, but these dishes clearly feel and sound like Felspar and this shape was done in Felspar. The fact that they are not marked accordingly points to a date very soon after Spode started using Felspar porcelain.

 

CONDITION REPORT The service is in perfect antique condition; its only flaw is that one plate is cracked, as visible in the pictures. The plate is stable and can probably still be used. Other than this there is no damage, repairs, crazing or even wear other than very slight rubbing here and there.

 

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: available upon request

Spode Felspar dessert service, landscape paintings, ca 1820

SKU: A-SPO70
£1,975Price
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