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This is a beautiful small porcelain basket made by Spode between 1815 and 1820. The basket is decorated in a stunning cobalt blue and gilt pattern with hand painted flowers. This is pattern 1100, one of the most desired patterns of Spode from that era.

 

These small baskets were used for trinkets; it would make a great addition to a vanity set.

 

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 pattern of gilt fish scales and beautiful hand painted flowers is one of Spode's most popular patterns and very much in demand. They produced table services as well as decorative items in this pattern.

 

The basket is not marked, which is quite common for small items of this era; however the pattern is clearly a Spode pattern, as is the quality.

 

CONDITION REPORT The basket is in excellent antique condition without any damage, repairs or crazing, and only very minimal wear as visible in the pictures.

 

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!

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