This is a dessert service of antique Spode Peacock and Peony from my personal collection and one of my very favorite sets. This is a very sought after version of the early Peacock pattern. At the time of production, around 1820, Spode was highly influenced by Chinese designs and this pattern reflects many oriental influences. The vividly colored designs are displayed against a fawn colored transfer background, sometimes referred to as parsley. The peacock and floral designs are transfer printed and filled by hand enameling and gilding. The set consists of six dessert/salad size plates and two serving pieces-one is shell form and the other is lozenge shaped.
There is an impressed Spode mark and an underglaze Spode in Blue mark along with the pattern number 4079 on the back. All in very good antique condition. One plate with a tiny chip to front rim, the shell server has a slight hairline, but is totally stable (see photo). One plate has a small glaze repair (please see photo).
Some crazing to glaze on back and slight rubbing to transfer design here and there from stacking over the years
Plates measure 8" in diameter.