An exceptional 13-piece English Spodes Copeland-Garrett Imari style dessert set in their "Felspar Porcelain" body, circa 1833 – 1847. The set consists of six dessert plates, four shell shaped serving bowls, two lozenge shaped serving bowls, and one comporte. The set is decorated in one of their popular Imari patterns with underglaze cobalt blues and iron red enamels highlighted in gilt.
Josiah Spode was renown in the history of English ceramics for perfecting the blue underglaze printing process in 1784 and for co-developing the formula for fine bone china in 1784. In an attempt to discover a porcelain body, Spode introduced his "Felspar porcelain" body in 1821. Felspar was an ingredient substituted for Cornish stone in Spode's standard bone china body. It is however, in fact, an extremely refined stoneware and not a true porcelain. Felspar continued to be produced in the Copeland-Garrett phase of the company until 1847. Many beautiful armorial services were provided including their famous "Tobacco-leaf pattern" which continues to be sought after by collectors. Many of the patterns were embellished with elaborate Oriental motifs in strong vibrant colors outlined in gilding.
The set is in excellent age related condition with minor crazing to some pieces, fabulous for cabinet display. The sizes and exceptions are noted below:
6 dessert plates: 5 plates with very minor gilt and enamel wear, 1 plate with a little more gilt and enamel wear. Size: 9 1/8" Diameter
4 shell shaped bowls: very minor gilt and enamel wear. Size 9 ½" Length x 6 ½" Width
2 lozenge shaped bowls: 2" long, old hairline running from rim and a small firing flaw to back of one bowl; the second bowl has two old hairlines on its base. Size: 11 ¼" Length x 9 ½" Width
1 comporte: very minor gilt and enamel wear Size: 7 ¼" Height x 11 ½" Diameter (handle to handle).