This early Spode oval (or lozenge) shaped dessert dish is 11" x 7". Spode made 2 versions of the "Finger and Thumb" pattern. This is the earliest one, pattern 648, (c 1804).
The dish is thickly potted earthenware, and in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing and no repairs. There is heavy wear to the gilding on the rim of the dish. The interior gilding and pattern are amazingly intact. The dish rings when tapped.
Other versions of this pattern were made by Coalport and Chamberlain's Worcester. This dish is unmarked.
Note: There are several other pieces of "Finger and Thumb" pattern available here in my Ruby Lane shop.
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Antique Spode "Finger and Thumb" Large Oval Dish, Early 19th C