Here is an antique bone china Spode cup and saucer decorated with light brown prints of bamboo, rocks and flowers with added gilt accents. Typically for Spode, the set is well-designed and a delight to look at. The shape of the cup (known as the “new shape” in the Spode records) is uncommonly graceful, and is printed both inside and out. This pattern is illustrated on the back of the dust jacket of Spode Transfer Printed Ware 1784-1833 by Drakard and Holdway. They call it pattern P501, and describe it in the “pluck and dust” section. They comment: “This design . . . was widely used in red and also black washed over in green and mostly with gilding. It is also found in blue with yellow replacing the gilding.” They don’t mention brown with gilding, as here, so perhaps this was an experimental piece or a special order. Spode collectors, let me know! The saucer is just over five inches across, and on the back is an early printed SPODE mark. There are several dimples in the glaze from the firing. The gilding is all intact except for a slight line on the handle. Excellent, bright condition, almost like new.
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