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Spode Porcelain

Based in Stoke-on-Trent, the Spode pottery company was founded in 1770 by Josiah Spode, who is often credited with creating one of the most successful bone china formulas. He also earned notoriety for perfecting the under-glaze blue transfer printing process. The Spode factory's earliest endeavors were stonewares and earthenwares such as creamware and pearlware.

Though both under-glaze and over-glaze blue transfer processes were already being used in the Worcester and Caughley factories by the early 1750s, it was not until 1783 that Josiah Spode created a superior method to the under-glaze blue transfer process. With the help of skilled Caughley-trained engravers, this new method involved engraving a design on a copper plate and printing it onto gummed tissue. Finished with a special glaze recipe, the black-blue cobalt appeared more dazzling than ever before. This development led to Spode's popular Blue Italian line in 1816, which remains in production today.

In 1833, the business was succeeded by William Copeland and Thomas Garrett, who continued using the Spode name. The Copeland and Garrett years of 1833-1847 are often referred to as Late Spode. After 1847, the business continued as W.T. Copeland and Sons through 1970. After this, the business continued under the name Spode Ltd. In 2006, Spode merged with Royal Worcester. Both Spode and Royal Worcester were acquired by the Portmeirion Group in 2009.


Quick Facts

  • There is a Spode Museum in Stoke-on-Trent housing a collection of two centuries of Spode manufacture
  • An extensive Spode stone china dinner service set was sold at Christie's London in November 2013 for $36,225
  • A Spode 1166 pattern miniature teapot and cover, circa 1820, sold at Sotheby's London in May 2014 for $1,992

Recommended Items at Auction

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Selection of Spode blue and white tea ware, six cups, saucers, plates and extras, sugar bowl, jug etc
Oct 31, 9:30 AM AEDT
Selection of Spode blue and white tea ware, six cups, saucers, plates and extras, sugar bowl, jug etc
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD34015 Bids
Five assorted blue and white plates incl
Oct 25, 7:00 PM AEDT
Five assorted blue and white plates incl
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD352 Bids
Spode bowl
Oct 23, 3:00 PM EDT
Spode bowl
by Bob Stutler's Auction
Est: $0- $0
$21 Bid
Spode Christmas Tree Dinnerware & Cups
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
Spode Christmas Tree Dinnerware & Cups
by Pace & Hong Auctions, LLC
Est: $0- $0
$281 Bid
Three Spode Blue Room plates, each 26cm D
Oct 25, 7:00 PM AEDT
Three Spode Blue Room plates, each 26cm D
by Bargain Hunt Auctions
Est: AUD0- AUD0
AUD201 Bid
The Spode Archive Sutherland Plate Collection
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
The Spode Archive Sutherland Plate Collection
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$51 Bid
extensive dinner set, Spode England, Model Buttercup
Oct 30, 10:00 AM CEST
extensive dinner set, Spode England, Model Buttercup
by Henry's Auktionshaus AG
Est: €200- €400
€2000 Bids
11 COALPORT PLATES AND 8 SPODE PLATES
Oct 27, 10:00 AM EDT
11 COALPORT PLATES AND 8 SPODE PLATES
by Everard Auctions and Appraisals
Est: $200- $300
$1250 Bids
73 pcs. Spode Fitzhugh Red Porcelain Dinnerware
Oct 29, 9:30 AM EDT
73 pcs. Spode Fitzhugh Red Porcelain Dinnerware
by Merrill's Auctioneers & Appraisers
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
English Spode Blue & White Porcelain Tureen
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
English Spode Blue & White Porcelain Tureen
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Pair Antique Porcelain Compotes Includes Spode
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Pair Antique Porcelain Compotes Includes Spode
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $50- $100
$500 Bids
SPODE JUDAICA COLLECTION MENORAH 5.5"
Oct 25, 4:00 PM EDT
SPODE JUDAICA COLLECTION MENORAH 5.5"
by DejaVu Estate Sales & Auctions
Est: $50- $100
$200 Bids
2 Spode Ironstone Transfer Ware Nesting Platters
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
2 Spode Ironstone Transfer Ware Nesting Platters
by Greenwich Auction
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
Set of Fourteen Spode Transfer Printed Dinner Plates
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Set of Fourteen Spode Transfer Printed Dinner Plates
by Stair
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
Assembled Spode Porcelain 'Tumbledown Dick' Part Dessert Service
Nov 04, 11:00 AM EDT
Assembled Spode Porcelain 'Tumbledown Dick' Part Dessert Service
by Stair
Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Set of 6 ceramic Spode Plates
Oct 24, 1:00 PM EDT
Set of 6 ceramic Spode Plates
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $175- $1,750
$1750 Bids
A Copeland Spode England Jasperware Server
Oct 23, 1:00 PM EDT
A Copeland Spode England Jasperware Server
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $275- $2,750
$2750 Bids
SPODE 'TRADE WINDS' STONEWARE PARTIAL SERVICE, 77 PCS
Nov 12, 11:00 AM EST
SPODE 'TRADE WINDS' STONEWARE PARTIAL SERVICE, 77 PCS
by DuMouchelles
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
A Spode Blue & White Meat Dish
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Spode Blue & White Meat Dish
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD500 Bids
A Pair of Spode Blue Room Collection Girl at Well Dishes
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Pair of Spode Blue Room Collection Girl at Well Dishes
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD400 Bids
A Collection of Spode Linen including Six Placemats a Tea Towel & Eight Napkins
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
A Collection of Spode Linen including Six Placemats a Tea Towel & Eight Napkins
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD80
AUD200 Bids
Three Spode Italian Blue & White Canisters for Tea Coffee & Sugar & a Utensils Jar
Nov 14, 11:00 AM AEDT
Three Spode Italian Blue & White Canisters for Tea Coffee & Sugar & a Utensils Jar
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD500 Bids
10 Copeland Spode Cobalt Blue Porcelain Dinner Plates
Nov 14, 10:00 AM PST
10 Copeland Spode Cobalt Blue Porcelain Dinner Plates
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $500- $700
$4500 Bids

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