Circa 1852 Copeland Spode Ruins Oak leaves & Acorns Flow Blue Transferware Plate Staffordshire


Brand Spode

Dinner Plate

circa 1852

Melrose also known as Ruins or Abbey Ruins

For consideration is this early Copeland Spode plate. It has a gorgeous acorn and oak leaf border surrounding the scenic castle ruins. Exquisite!

Measures appx 9" 
Condition: Excellent for age, no chips or cracks. there is one clay clump just above the top of the ruins. Very little crazing can be seen.

It was in 1784 that Josiah Spode I perfected the process of underglaze printing on earthenware with tissue paper transfers made from hand-engraved copper plates. Initially the designs were sympathetic reproductions of the Chinese porcelain that had been incredibly popular during the 1700s, but soon Josiah I launched original designs such as Willow (c1790), Blue Tower (1814) and Blue Italian.

These blue and white collections were not only popular in Britain but also in America where the tableware reminded the settlers of home. After this huge success, Spode’s collections were quickly copied by competitors but no other range could equal the detail and quality that Josiah I instilled into his ware.