A rare early 19th C survivor! This true trio by Spode is decorated in the Chinese manner, and dates c. 1815. The set is in pristine condition.
The design was done with an underglaze blue transfer with hand painted overglaze enamels. It is interesting that the coffee can has the Spode kink in the handle, while the tea cup does not. Also of interest: both cups have some translucency; but the saucer, which is more thickly potted, does not.
An identical trio can be seen in "Spode" by Leonard Whiter, plate 292.
All three pieces have the blue printed Oriental-style mark on the base "SPODE Stone China" and the red hand-painted pattern number 2117. Vega Wilkinson dates this pattern 1815 in her Spode book.
You can see a photo of this pattern on the new spodeceramics website. Another example of pattern 2117 can be seen at the wonderful "Spode Exhibition Online".
The tea cup is 2-1/8" (5.5 cm) high, the coffee can is 6.5 cm (just over 2-1/2") high. The saucer's diameter is 5-1/2" (14.2 cm).
The only flaw I can find is a tiny nick in the interior of the tea cup at the edge which is glazed over (and therefore done in the making). It did not photograph properly because of the glazing. No other chips, cracks, or repairs. All three pieces ring when tapped.
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