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1880 (dated) Copeland Spode Gilded Cabbage or Tobacco Leaf Imari Dish (Pattern #2061)
Antique serving plate or dish by Copeland Spode in the popular Cabbage or Tobacco Leaf pattern with overglaze gilding and hand painting. This pattern is Spode’s number 2061 (number hand written in red on the back of the dish, see all Photos) and was first issued by Spode in 1814. It remained popular for the next 70 years being reissued every so often or simply available under special request. The 9 1/2 inch (maximum diam.) dish listed here is also marked (see last Photo) with a very uncommon printed variant of a Copeland-Spode mark used in 1880 as the date code impressed into this dish verifies (dish is impressed with L 80 for 1880 right next to the C-mark). A more common style of this printed ‘C cypher’ mark was used from about 1875 to about 1890, and has SPODE printed in small letters above the C mark and Copeland printed below the C mark (see Vega Wilkinson’s ‘Spode-Copeland-Spode: the Works and its People 1770-1970,’ published by the Antique Collector’s Club, Limited, England in 2002, Page 281, middle column for both marks as noted above; see also Robert Copeland’s ‘Spode Willow Pattern,’ Third edition published in 1999: compare later C-cipher variants under #254 and 258 on page 189;). England was added below Copeland on this C-mark in 1891 to comply with the United States’ McKinley Tariff Act.
This plate is modestly accented over the glaze with hand painted gold that reflects light st just the right angles. Photos 3, 6 and 7 show this effect and the judicious and tasteful use of gilding on this dish. The underglaze printed pattern is also accented with other hand painted overglaze enamel colors including ox-blood red and rose red as well semitransparent green and orange (see all Photos). The vertical rim edge is enameled Batavia brown. A very fine thin brush, called a pencil by decorators was used to paint diagonal hatching on some of the small leaves as the very first photo illustrates. The gold and liberal use of red to decorate over top of the underglaze blue is a style that was developed on porcelain by the Chinese and Japanese in the late 1600s. This palette is often referred to as Imari and it was copied by Staffordshire and other English potters on ironstone wares in the early to mid 1800s. In fact, the pattern on this dish is a variant of a Oriental pattern from the 1700s and has old craggy Prunus branches and bamboo depicted in it.
The main motif in this Imari-style pattern is the large five lobed leaf in the center bottom. Collectors and dealers often refer to the leaf in Spode’s pattern 2061 as a tobacco leaf and it does have some similarities with shade leaf tobacco from my experiences picking it by hand nearly 50 years ago. Others refer to it as a cabbage leaf. Robert Copeland notes that he has seen two original examples of this same pattern on Chinese blue & white porcelain form the 18th century (i.e., late 1700s; see Copeland 1999, ibid. pg 176). The dish listed here is stone china and its quatrefoil shape is unusual and was likely for use as a dessert or serving plate, underplate or dish.
Ownership of the Spode factory changed several times in the 1800s. First, in 1833 when the factory was continued under the name of Copeland & Garrett, however this joint venture was short lived and the factory changed again in 1847 to be known as W.T. Copeland (and Sons). With both changes, the product line often included the Spode name as its products retained high quality and were often exported to the United States.. And so if you collect or simply enjoy Spode or similar Imari-style Stone China wares from the 1800s, then you may certainly want to consider this dish since it is in excellent condition and will capture attention in most any setting. And as always, this Cabbage pattern dish (Spode Pattern 2061) also come with a full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it for a refund as long as it was not damaged in shipping (certain costs not refundable, see full return policy full details explained farther below).
SIZE & CONDITION: This plate stands about 1 1/8 inches tall along its outer rim and measures a maximum 9 3/8 inches across on the diagonal (or a minimum 8 1/2 inches from side to side). It weighs just about 7/8 lbs empty and sits on a prominent foot ring that has a diameter of about 5 1/8 inches (final shipping weight is estimated between 2.5 and 3 lbs double packed). This dish is in excellent condition with no chips, hairlines, major stains, deep scratches, repairs or restoration. The gold decorative accents are about 75 to 85% intact due to use and wear over the last two centuries (see all Photos). A better example of an antique Spode pattern 2061 quartrefoil plate in perfect condition would like cost another $90 to $160 more than the price asked here. And equally important, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this dish for a refund as long as it has not been damaged by shipping (see our complete return policy for all details as noted below).
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