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This is a beautiful orphaned coffee can made by Spode around 1805. The cup is decorated with a deep cobalt blue band and bold gilt Greek keys.

 

Josiah 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 everyone ever since, and he was also the leading potter behind the technique of transferware, making it possible for English potters to replace the import of Chinese china that had come to an end around that time, with their own. This was fundamental to a thriving industry that would last for about 150 years and provide half the world with their tableware.

 

This can would have had a wider companion teacup and a saucer, as was custom at that time, but sadly they got separated - however the can by itself is still wonderful. In the early 19th Century a "trio" consisted of a teacup, coffee can and saucer - you would never drink your tea and coffee at the same moment, so why invest in a separate saucer?

 

The decoration of this can is typical for the Neoclassical period, when Greek and Etruscan design elements were very popular. Tea and coffee services with these bold gilt Greek keys became fashionable; I recently had a large tea service in a very similar pattern made by Flight & Barr in Worcester - and I still have some orphaned teacups available from that service, please see separate listings.

 

This can would make a very special gift to an antiques or coffee lover.

 

The can is marked in red with the hand written SPODE mark and the pattern number 742.

 

CONDITION REPORT The can is in excellent antique condition without any damage, repairs or crazing, and only some light rubbing as visible in the pictures.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal, and this meant that china from that pe