|Coffee cup, bone china, London shape, handpainted & gilded, pattern 2812 c1820|
Not long ago I came across this lone coffee cup made by Spode and found I couldn't resist purchasing it. The design reminds me of sumptuous dress fabrics of the period.
The cup is bone china, London shape and decorated in pattern 2812 of about 1820.
|Inside the cup showing the skilful painting and gilding revealed as you drained your cup|
|Detail of underside of rose painted inside the cup|
Spode's bone china is very white, translucent, vitreous and resonant. It was very high quality and aimed at the well-to-do. Almost certainly invented at Spode around 1799/1800 it was a huge commercial success for Spode II and his successors.
|Translucency - note rose painted on outside showing through the bone china|
|Backstamp painted in black detailing the company name, the pattern number & workman's mark|
|Gilding detail with distinctive Spode handle gilding|
You can find out more about Spode cup shapes and patterns HERE> and also HERE>