Dating wedgewood bone china
Spode is one of the greatest names of the Industrial Revolution.
Josiah Spode I was born in 1733 and after several years working for other local potters, established his own company in 1776 in Church Street, (then known as High Street) Stoke and, like his neighbour and friend Josiah Wedgwood, concentrating on the production of ceramic wares of the finest quality in a variety of bodies.
The most famous pattern of which, “Italian”, introduced in 1816, continues to be made in quantity to this day.
The portrait of Josiah Spode II shown on the right is hand painted on a Spode’s Felspar porcelain plaque, c.1820.
Also shown on this page are a small selection of typical Spode wares made during this period, demonstrating how designs and shapes evolved from the highly restrained Georgian styles through the more ebullient decorative forms of the Regency period.
The pattern books show 5,000 different “standard” patterns were produced during this period, but many more special order patterns were also made.
Bow-handled bucket in Bone China, decorated with pattern number 878, c.1806.
Spode ‘Botanical Series’ pattern earthenware plate, transfer printed in blue, c.1828.
This pattern continued to be produced throughout the Copeland and Garrett period and can be found printed in green and in brown.