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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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12 SPODE IMARI DINNER PLATES
Dec 14, 9:00 AM CST
12 SPODE IMARI DINNER PLATES
by Jackson's International
Est: $50- $100
$401 Bid
Extensive English Spode Dinner set
Dec 11, 12:00 PM AEDT
Extensive English Spode Dinner set
by Christian McCann Auctions
Est: AUD1,000- AUD1,500
AUD8001 Bid
Spode English China Fish Form Dish
Dec 31, 2:00 PM EST
Spode English China Fish Form Dish
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $30- $60
$200 Bids
A spode service part consisting of (4) lower plates,
Dec 14, 6:30 PM CET
A spode service part consisting of (4) lower plates,
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €50- €70
€500 Bids
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Spode Cream Colored Two Handled Scalloped Edge Serving Tray
Dec 11, 10:00 AM EST
Spode Cream Colored Two Handled Scalloped Edge Serving Tray
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
Spode Chinese Basket Patterned Trio's x 6
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
Spode Chinese Basket Patterned Trio's x 6
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £30- £60
£300 Bids
A collection of Spode horse theme limited edition plates. 6 boxed, 2 unboxed
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
A collection of Spode horse theme limited edition plates. 6 boxed, 2 unboxed
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £20- £40
£200 Bids
4 PCS. OF SPODE PORCELAIN
Dec 10, 12:00 PM EST
4 PCS. OF SPODE PORCELAIN
by Clements
Est: $200- $400
$1000 Bids
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Vintage Spode Fine Bone China Silver Jubilee Cup
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
Vintage Spode Fine Bone China Silver Jubilee Cup
by Lion and Unicorn
Est: $10- $200
$100 Bids
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SET OF SIX SPODE ENGRAVER'S ARCHIVE PLATES
Dec 11, 11:00 AM CST
SET OF SIX SPODE ENGRAVER'S ARCHIVE PLATES
by Lewis & Maese Auction Company
Est: $200- $300
$50 Bids
A set of four Spode ornithological cabin
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
A set of four Spode ornithological cabin
by Kinghams Auctioneers
Est: £150- £200
£900 Bids
(40 Pc) English Spode "Blue Colonel" Porcelain Set
Dec 20, 12:00 PM EST
(40 Pc) English Spode "Blue Colonel" Porcelain Set
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $100- $1,000
$500 Bids
Spode Made in England in OB
Dec 09, 8:00 AM EST
Spode Made in England in OB
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $80- $130
$250 Bids
A collection of Floral & Gilt decorated Spode, Royal Chelsea & similar tea ware
Dec 10, 10:00 AM GMT
A collection of Floral & Gilt decorated Spode, Royal Chelsea & similar tea ware
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £25- £50
£250 Bids
SPODE Fruit & Flower Plates Fine China Set 6
Dec 21, 10:00 AM EST
SPODE Fruit & Flower Plates Fine China Set 6
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$10 Bids
Extensive coffee and dining service, Spode, 'Camilla'
Dec 28, 11:00 AM CET
Extensive coffee and dining service, Spode, 'Camilla'
by Henry's Auktionshaus
Est: €300- €600
€2800 Bids
A Copeland Spode England Jasperware Server
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Copeland Spode England Jasperware Server
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $275- $2,750
$2750 Bids
Diana by Pauline Shore - Spode Bone China
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Diana by Pauline Shore - Spode Bone China
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Henrietta by Pauline Shore - Spode Bone China
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Henrietta by Pauline Shore - Spode Bone China
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Priscilla by Pauline Shore - Spode Fine Bone China
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Priscilla by Pauline Shore - Spode Fine Bone China
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
Georgina by Pauline Shore - Spode Bone China
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
Georgina by Pauline Shore - Spode Bone China
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
A Spode Bone China Demitasse Cup and Saucer
Dec 11, 1:00 PM EST
A Spode Bone China Demitasse Cup and Saucer
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
England Spode Transferware Bowl
Dec 10, 1:00 PM EST
England Spode Transferware Bowl
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $20- $200
$200 Bids

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