Light and dark purple-brown grape leaves and grapes decorate the top third of this attractive Spode coffee can and saucer. The handle is Spode's almost trademarked "kicked handle" of the 1810-1815 period.
The can is 2-1/2" in diameter and 2-1/2" high. The saucer diameter is about 5-1/2" in .
Although neither piece is marked, the pattern is Spode's "Vine Border", #522. It is shown as an illustration of the "Pluck and Dust" method of printing on page 203 of "Spode Printed Ware" by Drakard and Holdway.
Pluck and dust is a technique similar to bat printing. It was less fine but more hard wearing, as it was printed under the glaze. It was introduced by Spode in 1806, and was only in production for 10 years or so, being virtually phased out as underglaze transfer printing became cheaper and more refined.
Both pieces are in very good condition. There are no chips, no cracks, and no repairs. There is wear to the gilding on the top edge of the saucer. There is wear to the gilding along the cup's lip, handle edges, and about half an inch along the gilt line under the grapes on one side of the cup. (See the last photo.) Both pieces ring when tapped.
Note: If you would like an identical, but less perfect set as a "study piece" let me know.
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