29 April 2011

Spode and Royal Weddings

It's seems appropriate on Royal Wedding Day 2011 to give a mention to the Spode/Royal connections. The first Royal Warrant to the company came in 1806 and many have followed since. Spode has had customers from royal families all over the world.

Pictured here is a dessert plate from the dessert service commissioned by HRH the Prince of Wales to mark his wedding in 1863 to Princess Alexandra.

The detail of the order is that it was a dessert service produced on fully-pierced Festoon Embossed shape, with panels of oranges and blossom alternated with panels of roses painted by Charles Ferdinand Hürten, with a linked EA monogram in the centre for Edward and Alexandra. Beautiful gilding completed the design.

There were many pieces in the service including huge centrepieces supported by parian figures.