08 August 2011

Spode and Chinese Rose

Chinese Rose pattern was one of the most popular of Spode's colourful patterns on earthenware in the 20th century. Millions of pieces must have been made and there were several variations to the pattern each given its own unique pattern number in the Spode pattern books now in the Stoke-on-Trent City Archives. 

This early 20th century design was derived from an old Spode pattern which in turn was taken from an 18th century Chinese porcelain design.

There was something of an outcry at the pattern's withdrawal from production in 2007 from retailers and collectors alike. It is a clever design which appealed to both modern and traditional tastes which accounted for its huge success. It is also a pattern selected by prop buyers which is seen in stage settings covering a wide range of periods in TV and film dramas!


Chinese Rose, Spode catalogue c1938
The illustration to the left is from a Spode catalogue of about 1938. The Spode brand is clearly seen in 2 styles on the page. These styles were the forerunners of the new logo designed in 1970 (detailed elsewhere in these pages) but also harped back to early 19th century marks on the Spode product itself.

The description of the pattern is in 1930s style and great fun - just click the image to see it clearly. The page also gives details of the pattern number, the pottery body and the shapes on which it was produced at that time. These catalogues were really for the high class retailers who stocked Spode wares and not for the general public's use.

More details about this pattern plus more images can be found on my Spode ABC.