There are 3 shape books in the Spode archive: K1, K2 and K3. These record shapes produced at the factory from 1933-1989. The records are usually for shapes which are ornamental, for example a figure or a vase, rather than shapes for tableware. Each unique number is prefixed with K and runs from K1 to K1653. Here are images of 2 K backstamps and you can see more of the greyhounds mentioned on one of my blogs by clicking Spode and Dogs.
|K 449 a shape number impressed/incised|
on the base of figure of a small Onyx greyhound c1936
impressed on the base of figure of a large Velamour greyhound c1936
K Pans or 'Kitchen Requisites'
Simple yet elegant, well-designed wares for the kitchen marked with a K and known as K pans.
Explore the catalogue pages, dated about 1902-1910, and note the sets of bowls with or without lips, sets of colanders, sets of baker dishes as well as strainers, spoons, jugs, teawares and salad bowls. Everything the well equipped kitchen would require in a large house. Look out for them next time you visit a large house such as those managed by the National Trust.
Please click Spode and Kate Bruce to find out about this paintress.
|Typical style of hand painted design by Kate Bruce|
|Kew pattern centre (detail)|
The pattern was named after the Royal Botanical Gardens at Kew, near Richmond, London. The design, with a border of chrysanthemum blooms in panels around a central stylised floral arrangement is in the Aesthetic style which became very popular in the 1870s and 1880s and was inspired by Japanese design.
The Spode company also produced a shape called Kew for dinnerware at this time.
|Kew pattern border (detail)|
See K Pans above