Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Parian Updated 2017

I have added another link to a new blog post on parian on the P page.

If you love parian ware already or want to know what it is and learn more about the production of the Spode factory then have a look at my blog Spode History as well as the P page here... and of course the go-to book by Robert Copeland. Full details on my booklist.

As well as for statuary, parian could also be used for the manufacture of decorative items such as vases and tableware such as this water bottle illustrated here.
Parian water bottle handpainted and gilded late 1800s


Monday, 9 January 2017

Magnum, Marble and Missing

Go to the M page to find out about Magnum, Marble, Missing... and more!

Enjoy exploring these pages to find out more about Spode.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

India and Cobalt

A couple of new additions to the ABC recently are India pattern (on the I-J page) and Cobalt (on the C page).
Enjoy exploring.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Old and New

Unique and beautiful patterns recorded in the Spode pattern books from the early 1800s have often been used by Spode designers as inspiration for more recent patterns.
Oval plate or stand, bone china, pattern 1875 on Dolphin Embossed shape c1813
The paintings of lilies of all sorts, used in pattern numbers 1875, 1923 and 1924 of c1813, were the inspiration for a pattern called Virginia introduced in 1996. Whether the old or the new the design of white flowers on white china is very clever and very beautiful.

Virginia was produced on a tableware shape called Mansard, which in turn was an older shape first introduced at Spode in 1932 for earthenware. Virginia was produced on bone china. 

You can find out more about the shape and the patterns produced on Mansard on the M page.
Bow Handled Bowpot, bone china, pattern 1924, c1813. Tablewares in this pattern are on Swag Embossed shape 

Monday, 25 April 2016

What is this?


Find out what this lovely object is by going to the P-R page and scroll down to Pierced ware.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Tumbledown Dick

This is a favourite pattern and a favourite pattern name of mine - I love its quirkiness. You can find out all about it on the T-V page.

The pattern from the 1820s came in many versions... here's a tempter to explore more!

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

What's in the Kitchen?

The K page has been updated.

Explore catalogue pages of 'Kitchen Requisites' from the early 1900s. The pieces often had a large K on them and were known as K pans.