Antique Spode stone china soup plate hand painted in the popular Peacock pattern #2118 (Photo 4) and dating from about 1814 or 1815 based on the initial issue date of this pattern on record with the Spode (Drakard and Holdway 2002; Copeland 1999; Wilkinson 2002; see all 13 Photos). This early date is also supported by a comparatively thin plate blank (rim edge is just 1/8 inch thick, see Photo 7), an early black overglaze Spode factory mark (see Photo 5), and the early overglaze grayish-black specially printed outlines that border all of the hand painted polychrome elements. Also, the rim form on this plate is the ‘new indented pattern’ introduced by Spode in 1805 (Drakard and Holdway 2002: 195-196). There are two other factory marks in upper case letters on the underside of the base: (1) a painter’s mark in red consisting of ‘B’ with a dot over top (see Photo 9), and an impressed ‘O’ with a impressed dot over top also shown in Photo 9.
Soup plates are a cross between bowls (i.e., hollowware) and common table plates (i.e., flatware), and may also be described as brimmed bowls given their wide flaring outer rim and marly. And antique Spode stone china soup plates from this early period are relatively uncommon today in comparison to table plates and other table-service vessels. The example listed for sale here is in excellent condition with no damage, major scratches, repairs or visible wear (see full Condition notes below). And as noted, this soup plate is decorated with one of the earliest of the Peacock pattern renditions produced by Spode. Hand painted overglaze polychrome decoration was added to the fine overglaze grayish-black outlines using many special enamel colors that retain visibly perceptible relief. If this brimmed soup plate had been one of Spode’s first Peacock pattern replacement pieces, then it would have also lacked the printed outlines and probably any formal pattern number. This viewpoint is based on observing other one-of-a kind stone china replacement pieces produced by Spode for older Chinese porcelain services during the first 30 years of the 1800s.
The Spode factory developed their own stone china formula and special slightly rippled glaze in the first decade of the 1800s to offer a viable substitute for manufacturing viable replacement pieces for original Chinese export porcelain sets when loss or breakage had taken a toll. Well-to-do British families could send sample pieces to Spode so that the factory could produce replacements as needed. The grayish tint of the body and the fine rippling of the glaze perfectly mimic fine contemporary Chinese export wares of the period as well as many wares produce during the 1700s. Even the brown enameled outer rim edge mimics the Batavia brown color used on Chinese export porcelain in the mid 1700s, and the dirty brown color along the foot on the back was designed to look like the discoloring often seen along pared foot rings on many Chinese export porcelain pieces.
Historically, Spode’s Peacock pattern was initially modeled after a much older hand painted pattern on Chinese export porcelain dating from about the mid-1700s. Whether the very first Spode Peacock pattern piece was initially offered as merely a replacement piece and then subsequently put into full production in complete sets is unknown at this time. But what can be said is that the Peacock pattern is among the four most popular and longest produced patterns offered by Spode with several variants produced well into the 20th century.
This pattern represents an oriental garden scene with angular rocks, fantastic plumed birds and colorful flowers that defy natural scale used by Western standards. The rocks are stylized columnar basalt, a type of igneous rock outcrop that naturally occurs in parts of China and Japan. These rocks have sacred symbolism in both cultures and are also depicted on some Chinese blue and white export porcelain plates and bowls dating from the 1600s and 1700s. Columnar basalt outcrops also occur in the US and one of the more spectacular formations is along the Hudson River and known as the Palisades. Columnar basalt forms when basalt magma flows are allowed to cool slowly so that a blocky prismatic crystalline structure can be formed leading to angular blocks upon exposure after uplift and erosion.
This Spode Peacock pattern soup plate is over 200 years old and is in superb condition as all the Photos help illustrate.. So if you collect Spode or appreciate antique English wares decorated in the Chinese tradition, then make sure you seriously consider this example while it is still available. And as always, this brimmed bowl also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return within 14 days via my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item and others when combining orders in my shop by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc set it up.
SIZE & CONDITION: This antique soup plate has a diameter of about 9 1/2 inches and stands about 1 5/8 inches tall along its outer rim edge. It sits on a footrim with a brownish tinge (Photos 5, 6) that has a diameter of about 4 13/16 inches across (Photo 8). And as noted above, this soup plate is in superb condition with no damage, visible wear, stains or post production alterations or repairs. And if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this item for a refund so long as it is sent back in exactly the same condition as originally listed here and has sustained no damage (see our complete return policy for all details as stated below).
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c1815 Spode Stone China Soup Plate in Colorful Painted Peacock Pattern #2118 (99.9% perfect; Black Spode Mark)
$127 $220 SALE