This charming tea and coffee cup trio is one of the early "Stone China" wares that Josiah Spode produced between 1813 and 1822. This item has some professional repairs and is therefore sold As Found (A/F).

 

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 Chinese export china, which 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.

 

Stone China is a form of very strong earthenware, almost as strong as bone china but without the ingredient of bone ash. In fact, it is quite unclear what ingredients were used, as manufacturers routinely filed patents with the wrong ingredients and wrong locations for the rock they used, in order to confuse their competitors! Spode bought the Stone China patent from William Turner upon Turner's bankruptcy in 1805, but clearly did not use it, and instead came out with his own in 1813. Stone China is more grey than any other china, and in fact this has nothing to do with its constituent parts - the colour was added by adding cobalt blue in order to make the items look more like Chinese export items, which were trusted by more conservative members of the public who didn't trust the newfangled British bone china yet. Ironically, stone china is a quintessentially British invention based on rocks with a clay-like substance found both in Staffordshire and Cornwall.

 

These cups, as all trios of the time, share the same saucer. They are made in a very grey/blue stone china and thinly potted in the popular and simple "bute" shape. They are decorated with the stunning Cabbage pattern (no 2106), sometimes called Tobacco Leaf, in bright blue, terracotta red, green, gilt and a dash of pink for the flowers. The Cabbage pattern was introduced in 1813 and it is one of the patterns that Spode has been manufacturing until well into the 20th Century, without ever changing it - it is a beautiful compromise between a freely painted Chinese decoration and a stylised English pattern. In fact I recently sold several bone china cups from the year 1911 in exactly this pattern.

 

This would make a very special gift to an antiques lover and is in excellent display condition.

 

CONDITION REPORT The set is wonderful for display but due to repairs not suitable for use. There are traces of epoxy on both cups and the back of the saucer, supposedly to mask cracks. Unfortunately the epoxy has been applied more liberally than needed, as the cracks must be very tight; all items ring like a bell, which means that the overall structure of the items is intact. The crack in the saucer is faintly visible on its face. The teacup has some yellow spots on the inside, presumably epoxy that was dropped there by accident. The coffeecup has an area of epoxy close to the handle and signs of a skilful touching up of the pattern in the same area - there must be a tight hairline that is being masked. There are no other chips or cracks and there is no crazing; as I mentioned all items ring nicely when tapped and look very fresh and crisp.

 

Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains 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 see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS (diameters): teacup 8cm (3 1/8"), coffee cup 6.8cm (2 5/8"), saucer 14.5cm (5 7/8").

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. 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. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Spode true trio, Cabbage patt 2061 stone china, 1813-1822 A/F

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