Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822

Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822
Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822
Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822
Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822
Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822
Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822
Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822
Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822
Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822

Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822
This is a dessert plate made by Spode in about 1822, which was the Regency era. The plate is made of Felspar porcelain and decorated with a beautiful hand painted landscape scene. Spode was the great pioneer among the Georgian potters in England. Around the year 1800 he perfected the bone china recipe that has been used by British potters ever since, and he was also the leading potter behind the technique of transferware, making it possible for English potters to replace the Chinese export china, which had come to an end around that time, with their own designs. This was fundamental to a thriving industry that would last for about 150 years and provide half the world with their tableware. Spode porcelain is regarded as one of the highest quality porcelains around; for a soft-paste porcelain it is surprisingly hard and fine, and has a wonderful bright white colour.

This dessert service was potted in "Felspar" porcelain, which was a new recipe that Spode brought out in the early 1820s. Felspar porcelain is a little heavier than the normal bone china, but it is as strong and beautiful, and as it doesn't chip as easily it was very popular for dinner and dessert services.

The landscape scene is painted in autumnal brownish colours, often called "Chamberlain colours" because the Chamberlain factory was famous for these. It is a very charming scene a small town along a river and some figures busy doing things and crossing the bridge. The plate is unmarked, as is quite common with items from that era. CONDITION REPORT The plate is in excellent antique condition without any damage, repairs or crazing and just some wear as visible in the pictures. Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i. A nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures! DIMENSIONS 23.5cm (9.25) diameter. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Cookware, Dinnerware & Serveware\Plates". The seller is "rattlethecups" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.


Spode Felspar dessert plate, landscape painting, ca 1822


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