Here is a fine example of early Spode porcelain that brings to mind some of the 19th-century romantic novels of the Bronte sisters and Jane Austen. The cup has two landscape scenes and the saucer has three—separated by gilt Vitruvian scrolls on a peach-colored ground. It is expertly decorated and the condition is superb, as the photographs show, with no wear to speak of, even to the gilding. Both pieces are marked “Spode.” Since there’s no pattern number added, there’s a chance this set was made on special order to supplement an existing set or to replace some broken pieces. Spode often did this when requested.
After listing this cup and saucer I was contacted by a collector in Canada who pointed out the striking similarity between this pattern and a Coalport pattern in his collection. In fact, they are virtually identical. He has allowed me to illustrate the teapot from his set. Note that the gilt scrolls are slightly different at top center and bottom center. The scenes are the same shape and have the same unusual yellow-toned sky. Obviously one factory was copying the other, or Spode was asked to supplement an existing Coalport set and adjusted the design a bit. Quite an interesting comparison. Thanks to the eagle-eyed collector who pointed this out to me.
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