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This is a beautiful orphaned coffee can made by Spode around 1810. The cup is decorated in a beautiful Imari pattern.

 

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?

 

This can has a wonderful Japanese-inspired Imari pattern. This is pattern number 1645 is one of Spode's famous Imari patterns. The cup is potted in very light, white bone china.

 

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

 

The can is unmarked, as is common for items of this period.

 

CONDITION REPORT The can is in perfect antique condition.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal, 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 (diameter) 6.2m (2.5")

Spode orphaned coffee can, Imari patt. 1645, ca 1810