This gorgeous Spode "Japan Pattern" 9" plate is heavily gilded. It was produced about 1825, when it was called a "candlelight service", as the dinner set gleamed in the low light of the dining rooms of that time. The central pattern is floral, and along the border are 3 vignettes of the cottages of the pattern's name.
The plate is in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, and no repairs. The gilding of the gadroon edge and throughout the pattern is remarkably intact. There is light crazing on the back of the plate.
The "Spode's Imperial" mark dates to 1821-33. It denotes an "improved" earthenware body. The pattern number, 4232, is hand painted in red.
Leonard Whiter of the book "Spode" dates this pattern c 1825.
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