We are proud to offer this absolutely gorgeous serving bowl or plate, which was produced by Copeland & Garrett of the Spode Works, Stoke in Staffordshire, England between March 1833 and 1847. This company was the successor to Josiah Spode who started his business circa 1784. Josiah was later joined by a Copeland and eventually in March 1833 the business was renamed Copeland and Garrett. However, this particular business lasted only until 1847 when it was renamed W. T. Copeland. This led to the reintroduction of the Spode name on many of their pottery marks and eventually, in 1970, the company was renamed Spode Ltd. Fortunately, the short existence of Copeland & Garrett and the unique marks they used enables one to date this piece accurately to between 1833 and 1847.
Our research has also shown that a similarly sized and shaped piece, although dating from 1831 is part of porcelain collection of the world famous Victoria and Albert Museum in London, England. The piece in the museum has a central floral decoration but more blue background and less of the detailed giltwork than the item we are offering. To view this piece you might wish to search for "spode" in the Wikipedia website.
This beautiful piece measures 12.5" long, 9.25" wide, it is 2" tall at the sides and closer to 2.5" at the handles. It is exquisitely molded with raised decoration around the rim, edges and on the handles and each of the blue panels is raised in the center and has a slight indentation on each side. It also has a scalloped rim and a scroll effect on the handles. All these features are heavily gilted and loss of gilt, if any, is minimal.
The dish/plate is obviously hand decorated as one can feel the raised surface, especially on the central floral arrangement. The piece is unusual in that the blue panels are almost a matte finish. The central bouquet speaks for itself with a profusion of delicate colors and fine detail.
This wonderful dish bears the appropriate Copeland & Garrett mark along with what appears a handwritten letter "C" and the number 6081 or 1809. There an impressed mark but we are unable to decipher it and our best guess would be "OF".
This dish is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or crazing and it rings like a bell. For the sake of accuracy, and not wishing to disappoint anyone there is small mark on the rim which has probably been caused by being placed on a display stand. This in no way detracts from the beauty of the piece.
Please Note: This item is also in our display at a fine antiques center in Mount Dora, Florida. Therefore, we ask that you contact us before making any payment on your purchase order so that we may confirm that the item is still available.
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