Here is a Spode London shape set that is highly unusual and surprisingly rare. Not because of the decoration, which is the well-known and very decorative pattern 2214, but because it includes a handleless teabowl, rather than a cup with a handle. Early 19th-century Spode cups nearly always had handles. Spode handleless cups are occasionally found with printed decoration in blue, but hardly ever with hand-painted decoration, as here. In a Spode catalog of around 1820, this teabowl shape is not shown as a current option, so no teabowls were likely produced after that date—unless this set was part of a custom order. In any event, Spode handleless cups are extremely rare. Just try to fine one like this! The Banana Tree pattern was introduced around 1814 and was produced for many years, but I would date this set to the earliest years it was available. And both pieces are as near perfect as you could want. There are two tiny pinpoints of gilt loss on the saucer rim, but in every other respect this set is pristine. An exceedingly rare shape in near-perfect condition in one of Spode’s most enduring and popular patterns—what more could you ask for?


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ITEM ID
T1011
TYPE
Bone China, Ceramics, Decorative, Hand Made, Hand Painted, Porcelain
COLOR
Blue, Red, White
CREATOR
Spode
STYLE
Chinoiserie, Georgian
ORIGIN
England • English
PURPOSE
Cups, Cups & Saucers, Saucers
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Laureate Antiques

Very Rare Early Spode TEABOWL & Saucer in Banana Tree Pattern 2214 C1815

$325

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