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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

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LOT OF SPODE ENGLAND "CHRISTMAS TREE" CHINA, NO SHIPPING
Apr 13, 11:00 AM EDT
LOT OF SPODE ENGLAND "CHRISTMAS TREE" CHINA, NO SHIPPING
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$556 Bids
SPODE BLUE & WHITE CHINA
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
SPODE BLUE & WHITE CHINA
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$803 Bids
English Spode Fitzhugh, Mandarin, Red Newburg and Gloucester Pattern China
Apr 13, 11:00 AM EDT
English Spode Fitzhugh, Mandarin, Red Newburg and Gloucester Pattern China
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
SPODE "COLONEL" PATTERN BLUE AND RED PLATES
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
SPODE "COLONEL" PATTERN BLUE AND RED PLATES
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$501 Bid
Spode Porcelain Italian Landscape Coffee Pot
Apr 17, 10:00 AM EDT
Spode Porcelain Italian Landscape Coffee Pot
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
Spode England Decorated Turkey Platter
Apr 27, 9:30 AM EDT
Spode England Decorated Turkey Platter
by Rafael Osona Auctions
Est: $125- $175
$1001 Bid
A Spode Copeland dinner service for eight people
Apr 18, 1:00 PM AEST
A Spode Copeland dinner service for eight people
by Lawsons
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD151 Bid
Set Of 4 Spode 19th Century Candlesticks Owned By President Franklin D Roosevelt
Apr 21, 10:00 AM PDT
Set Of 4 Spode 19th Century Candlesticks Owned By President Franklin D Roosevelt
by Global Auctions Company
Est: $5,000- $7,000
$4,0000 Bids
Pair Spode England Hand Painted Porcelain Vases Magenta Landscape Scenes c. 1830
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
Pair Spode England Hand Painted Porcelain Vases Magenta Landscape Scenes c. 1830
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $250
$1500 Bids
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THE SPODE ARCHIVE COLLECTION BRITISH FLOWER PLATES
Apr 20, 1:00 PM EDT
THE SPODE ARCHIVE COLLECTION BRITISH FLOWER PLATES
by Florida Estate Sales Inc.
Est: $50- $10,000
$100 Bids
9 Spode England Gilt Porcelain Dessert Plates in Spode's Garden Gold
May 05, 10:00 AM PDT
9 Spode England Gilt Porcelain Dessert Plates in Spode's Garden Gold
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $300- $400
$2500 Bids
SPODE'S TOWER RED & BLUE CHINA PLATES
Apr 19, 10:00 AM EDT
SPODE'S TOWER RED & BLUE CHINA PLATES
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
ROYAL YACHT:
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROYAL YACHT:
by Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd
Est: £200- £300
£2000 Bids
ROYAL YACHT
Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROYAL YACHT
by Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd
Est: £150- £200
£1500 Bids
A group of three coffee cups, comprising a Spode.
Apr 15, 10:00 AM AEST
A group of three coffee cups, comprising a Spode.
by E J Ainger
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2600 Bids
Spode England Diamond Shaped Dish c.1820
Apr 24, 5:00 PM EDT
Spode England Diamond Shaped Dish c.1820
by Absolute Auction Gallery
Est: $150- $285
$700 Bids
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Apr 27, 12:00 PM BST
ROYAL YACHT:
by Henry Aldridge & Son Ltd
Est: £200- £250
£2000 Bids
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An English porcelain tumbler, probably Spode, from the 'Baltic Service', circa 1802-04
Apr 23, 11:00 AM BST
An English porcelain tumbler, probably Spode, from the 'Baltic Service', circa 1802-04
by Bonhams
Est: £600- £800
£6000 Bids
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A Spode coffee can and saucer from the Reverend William Nelson service, circa 1806-08
Apr 23, 11:00 AM BST
A Spode coffee can and saucer from the Reverend William Nelson service, circa 1806-08
by Bonhams
Est: £300- £500
£3000 Bids
Antique Spode Chinoiserie Supper Segment Dish
Apr 20, 11:00 AM EDT
Antique Spode Chinoiserie Supper Segment Dish
by Kavanagh Auctions
Est: $40- $15,000
$400 Bids
English Spode China Set with Mottahedeh Plate
Apr 13, 11:00 AM EDT
English Spode China Set with Mottahedeh Plate
by Kaminski Auctions
Est: $150- $250
$750 Bids
Four Blue and White Porcelain Table Articles
Apr 25, 10:00 AM EDT
Four Blue and White Porcelain Table Articles
by Nye & Company
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Spode English China Fish Form Dish
May 11, 2:00 PM EDT
Spode English China Fish Form Dish
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$200 Bids

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