A superb set of six antique Copeland & Garret (Spode) plates, 1833-1847. Each of these beauties is relief moulded with leaves and vines, including intricate veining and overlapping of the leaves, and woody texture of the vines where they peek out along the edge. Additionally, they are printed with iron red outlines of flowers and three different varieties of peacocks, then hand painted with polychrome details including the green scalloped outline of each leaf. Some are marked New Blanche, and some New Fayence, both names of the clay body.
CONDITION is very nice for soft pottery plates that are 175 years old. There are two plates that are free of any chips, lines, cracks, or after market occurrences, a perfect pair. A few of the intricately cut edges show minor roughness appropriate to their age, and there are minor color variations among the six plates. One plate has the tiniest tight line, so small I had trouble finding it to photograph even though I knew it was there. Two plates have chips, one on the back only, and a smaller one on the front, but it's hard to find. And finally, one plate has a line that is mostly apparent on the back. All these problems are shown in the last photograph, but really, this set displays beautifully. Each plate measures 9 1/4" in diameter.
A beautiful addition to a cabinet collection. These exceptional plates are especially lively with their relief molding, and would look just right on the wall of a dining or breakfast room. Classy and elegant. Enjoy!
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