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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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Spode for Tiffany & Co. Gilt Porcelain Plates, 12
Jul 09, 11:00 AM EDT
Spode for Tiffany & Co. Gilt Porcelain Plates, 12
by Auctions at Showplace
Est: $300- $500
$1505 Bids
Spode Copeland Service Plates (10)
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Spode Copeland Service Plates (10)
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $800- $1,200
$3002 Bids
SPODE "BLUE ITALIAN" CHINA
Jun 28, 11:00 AM EDT
SPODE "BLUE ITALIAN" CHINA
by Thomaston Place Auction Galleries
Est: $250- $350
$1502 Bids
A large collection of Spode Bordeaux tea and dinner ware to include
Jul 12, 10:00 AM BST
A large collection of Spode Bordeaux tea and dinner ware to include
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £150- £300
£751 Bid
A Spode porcelain blue and gilt tulip shaped cup English circa 1810 6.5cm high base 5cm wide
Jun 27, 6:00 PM AEST
A Spode porcelain blue and gilt tulip shaped cup English circa 1810 6.5cm high base 5cm wide
by For-Auction
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1501 Bid
Spode Copeland Porcelain Dinner Plates (8)
Jun 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Spode Copeland Porcelain Dinner Plates (8)
by Roland Auctions NY
Est: $200- $300
$501 Bid
(21 Pc) 19th Cent. Spode Porcelain Demitasse Cups, Teacups & Saucers
Jun 27, 12:00 PM EDT
(21 Pc) 19th Cent. Spode Porcelain Demitasse Cups, Teacups & Saucers
by Akiba Galleries
Est: $25- $250
$251 Bid
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SPODE BLUE ROOM COLLECTION XL CUP AND SAUCER
Jun 27, 9:00 AM AEST
SPODE BLUE ROOM COLLECTION XL CUP AND SAUCER
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Pair Spode Kakiemon Tree of Life Dessert Plates
Jul 14, 10:00 AM PDT
Pair Spode Kakiemon Tree of Life Dessert Plates
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $300
$1800 Bids
Spode Pink Camilla.
Jul 04, 10:00 AM CEST
Spode Pink Camilla.
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €70- €100
€700 Bids
Pair Spode England Hand Painted Porcelain 4.5 inch Vases Birds c. 1815
Jul 14, 10:00 AM PDT
Pair Spode England Hand Painted Porcelain 4.5 inch Vases Birds c. 1815
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $200- $250
$1500 Bids
Spode Copeland vase decorated with pheasants, height 20cm
Jul 12, 10:00 AM BST
Spode Copeland vase decorated with pheasants, height 20cm
by Potteries Auctions
Est: £30- £60
£150 Bids
Zwei Teller , Spode England mit Vogelmalerei
Jun 29, 11:00 AM CEST
Zwei Teller , Spode England mit Vogelmalerei
by Kunst-und Auktionshaus Schloss Hagenburg
Est: €0- €0
€200 Bids
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Spode Trade Winds Red Tea Service.
Jun 30, 10:00 AM EDT
Spode Trade Winds Red Tea Service.
by Clarke Auction Gallery
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
Spode Porcelain Cup & Saucer, 19th Century Hand Painted Gilt & Floral Design
Jul 14, 10:00 AM PDT
Spode Porcelain Cup & Saucer, 19th Century Hand Painted Gilt & Floral Design
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $120- $150
$800 Bids
Spode Porcelain Cup & Saucer, 19th Century Hand Painted Gilt & Orange Floral
Jul 14, 10:00 AM PDT
Spode Porcelain Cup & Saucer, 19th Century Hand Painted Gilt & Orange Floral
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $120- $150
$800 Bids
A collection of Spode 'Blue Colonel' coffee and dinner wares,
Jun 26, 9:30 AM BST
A collection of Spode 'Blue Colonel' coffee and dinner wares,
by Sworders
Est: £100- £200
£800 Bids

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