June 2012 saw the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II so I thought it would be nice to look at a few more Spode/Royal associations.
The royal connection with Spode began in 1806 when the company was awarded its first Royal Warrant by HRH the Prince of Wales, later HM King George IV. He was supplied with beautiful pots both as prince (surface patterns, shapes and even a backstamp incorporating the Prince of Wales feathers was designed) and as king. As well as beautiful patterns on bone china, 'architectural' ceramics for Brighton Royal Pavilion were also specially produced for this royal client. And Spode made the enormous service for his Coronation in 1821 in Frog pattern. (Click the pattern name for some remarkable statistics about the size of the service on my Spode ABC.)
|'Frog' pattern as used for the Coronation of George IV, 1821|
|Diamond Jubilee Jug 1897|
|Miniature bone china teaset on tray|
|HRH Princess Margaret's design for her Spode teaset|
|Spode literature for Golden Jubilee|
|Part of the 2002 dessert service on display at 'The Potters Club', Stoke|
On his 1806 visit HRH Prince of Wales was accompanied by his brother, the Duke of Clarence (later King William IV). Although HM Queen Victoria never came to the Potteries, in 1897, her Diamond Jubilee year, the Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra) enjoyed a visit to the Spode works whilst staying at Trentham Hall in Staffordshire. In 1900, the Duke and Duchess of York also visited, returning again in 1913 as HM King George V and HM Queen Mary. In 1941 during the Second World War, Spode employees were delighted to welcome the late Queen Mother with her husband HM King George VI. HRH Princess Margaret visited in 1954. HRH Prince Charles was the most recent Royal to be welcomed to the Spode Works on March 2nd 1998 to open the then new Museum & Visitor Centre (closed 2009). Like his predecessor, HRH Prince of Wales in 1806, he was able to admire the traditional skills of manufacture and the attention to detail for which Spode was world-renowned.
|2nd March 1998 Prince Charles shakes hands with the author of this blog|