This is a stunning dessert service made by Spode in 1828, which was the Regency era. The service is made of Felspar porcelain and decorated in a beautiful lavender or periwinkle purple colour with a raised gilt vine pattern. The service consists of a large footed tazza, two rectangular serving dishes, a "shell" serving dish, and seven 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. 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.

 

The dishes are shaped with beautiful gadrooned borders and the serving items have a slightly diapered shape with beautiful handles. The ground colour is a wonderful bright periwinkle purple colour, and it is decorated with a fine pattern of raised til vines. 

 

The dish has the puce printed "Spode Felspar Porcelain" mark on the underside, as well as the pattern number 4250, which points to production in the year 1828.

 

CONDITION REPORT The service is in excellent antique condition without any damage, crazing or repairs; some of the dishes have light wear in the centre, as visible in the pictures.

 

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: Tazza 34.5cm (13.5") X 23cm (9") and stands 13cm (5") high; rectangular serving dishes 19cm (7.5") X 31cm (12"); shell shaped serving dish 23cm (9") X 21cm (8.5"); plates 23cm (9").

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK. 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. Please note that due to the pandemic shipping costs have generally gone up steeply, and although I use only the most reliable couriers, there can sometimes be some delays.

Spode Felspar dessert service, lavender and raised gilt, 1828

SKU: A-SPO62
£1,325Price
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