19th Century Spode Peacock Pattern Dessert Plates - Pair
Pair Spode Peacock Pattern cut-corner dessert plates Pattern #2118, c. 1825.
Dimensions: Each approximately 10¼” x 7”.
The rim is edged with a gold chain pattern.
The border is decorated with floral sprays in shades of blue, yellow, and brown.
The center is bordered in a gilded spearhead design and has a pattern of peacocks and flowering plants in the same colors.
The reverse has printed “Spode Stone China” mark and a a painted pattern number “2118”.
This Chinoiserie design was based on an 18th century Chinese export porcelain dinner service made for the King of Portugal. When King Joao VI and the Portuguese royal family fled to Brazil following Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal in 1807, they took that dinner service with them.
Unfortunately, many pieces were broken during the voyage from Portugal to Brazil. Rather than order replacement pieces from China, which would have taken as much as two or three years, King Joao VI specially commissioned the firm of Spode in Stoke-on-Trent, England to copy and replace the broken items.
Spode agreed on the condition that they would later be allowed to reproduce the Pattern for their own customers. In 1813 the Peacock Pattern was first sold by Spode at their shop in London. It soon became one of Spode’s most fashionable and sought-after Patterns during the Regency Period in England.
“Spode”, Leonard Whiter
“Spode & Copeland, 200 Years of Fine China and Porcelain”, Steven Smith.
Condition: In excellent condition consistent with age and usage.