An early 19th century (c. 1800 or perhaps a bit earlier) English Creamware Tureen Tray with a hand-decorated, underglaze enamel border of flowers and leaves. The tray is marked “Spode” (with the rare early Spode mark), and includes an underglaze pattern number (3195). The tray was probably for a small gravy tureen, although it could have been used under a teapot. It measures 6 ½” x 4 ¾” and has a nicely recessed well. There is a reddish-brown border line. The piece is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines or repairs. This is not, contrary to what some people might think, a tray from a child’s set: English collectors/dealers have told me that they have seen tureens with this pattern. A very handsome little piece of early Spode!
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