This is a stunning Tea for Two set consisting of an octagonal teapot on a stand, two tea/coffee cup trios and a milk jug, made by Josiah Spode between 1816 and 1821. The whole set is in pristine condition, which is extremely rare.


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.


There are various elements to this set. The teapot and the milk jug are in the Octagon shape that Spode brought out during the Regency period. He made these items both in bone china and stoneware - the teapot is made of bone china, as you can tell from the very white colour and its lightness, and the milk jug is of Felspar Porcelain, which is a little heavier. The trios are in the New Dresden shape. The teapot and trios have beautiful embossing of tiny little flowers all over the surface, called "Dresden embossed". The milk jug has a "Floral and Scroll" embossing, which is slightly different. All items are sprayed with bright and extremely vivid and realistic flowers; you can find all these flowers on any summer walk in the English hills. There are beautiful but muted gilt details: a simple shark teeth rim around the opening and the shoulder of the teapot and milk jug, as well as the rims of the trios, and some beautiful striped detail to enhance the shape of the teapot spout and handle. The most charming part of the set must be the teapot finial: a gilt cherry with a finely moulded leaf.


The items have different kinds of marking at the bottom: the teapot, stand and the trios are all marked in red SPODE and in some cases Spode, and the milk jug, which is from a few years later, is marked with a very rare variety of the Felspar Porcelain mark, containing the year number 1821. Some items carry the pattern number 2527.


CONDITION REPORT All items are in pristine condition and seem to have never been used; there is no trace of tea on the inside of the teapot and even inside the grill. They are free from damage, repairs or crazing. The only sign of time is a small blemish on the gilt of the rim of the teapot, a small blemish on the gilt on the tip of the spout, a few scratches of the flowers on the teapot stand where the teapot touches the stand (none on the teapot) and a few minute spots of rubbing on the rims of the trios. There are some small stress marks on the teapot and the milk jug from production, which is normal for porcelain of this period.


Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s and this means that flying particles could create some dust in the kiln. Although this set is in a unusually smooth state, you will see some kiln dust under the glaze at the underside of the tip of the teapot spout, and as mentioned there are some small stress marks in the teapot and the milk jug.


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: teapot stands 11cm (4 1/4") high and measures 24cm (9.5") from handle to spout; stand measures 19cm (7.5") diagonally; milk jug measures 14cm (5.5") from handle to mouth and stands 9cm (3/5") high; teacup 8cm (3 1/8") diameter and stands 5.5cm (2 1/4") high; coffee cup 7cm (2 3/4") diameter and stands 11cm (4 1/4") high; saucer 14cm (5.5").


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.

Stunning Tea for 2 set, Octagon/New Dresden, Spode 1816-1821

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