Here is an interesting piece of early Spode. Usually Spode stands apart for its clean finish, attention to precise detail and flawless surface. Even from the beginning of the factory there was a drive toward fineness of form and decoration. Not here. This looks almost like a piece of Staffordshire pearlware. The design is partly printed (flowers in brown), partly hand-painted (the trelliswork) and partly colored-over by hand with green enamel (not always “keeping inside the lines”). It is completely intact, with the original body, lid, oval tray and ladle—a minor miracle! It carries the impressed Spode factory mark and the pattern number, 2605. It has flaws. The tray has a crack and a repaired chip (both shown) and much of the green on one side of the tureen base is gone. Again, this reminds me of Staffordshire, because green enamel often seemed more brittle than the other colors and chipped more easily. Also, some of the missing green in other areas has been touched up to match in color. From one side, it displays quite well. Just don’t put it in front of a mirror. The tray is nine and three-quarters inches long.
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