|Plate, bone china, Potters Poppies, Art Deco design, made 1960-1970|
You may not immediately think of the design as Spode but I knew it from a previous encounter and had always liked the pattern. Turning the plate over I found that the style of the Spode backstamp was one used between 1960 and 1970. I had only thought thought of it as an Art Deco design and I've no idea why this piece was made in the 1960s. I think it unlikely it ever went into full production at that date.
|Backstamp, with Spode in Gothic-style type, on my Potters Poppies plate|
I first saw a plate like this when I was Curator of the Spode Museum. I was selecting items from the museum's huge reserve collection to go on display. Often the emphasis for the displays at Spode were for the oldest pieces in the collection - usually only up to 1833 - when the company name had changed from Spode to Copeland & Garrett.
|Potters Poppies in foreground & other Spode 20thC object (sorry about poor photo)|
I always remembered the design but didn't come across another piece until 2013 when working with the Ceramics Network at the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery. They had a plate in the same design but on the more decorative Hamburg shape.
|Plate, bone china, Hamburg shape, Potters Poppies printed & hand painted, pattern X8340 c1924|
|Paper label with pattern number on back of the Potteries Museum Potters Poppies plate|
|Dessert plate, bone china, Exeter shape, Potters Poppies pattern R8460 detail from catalogue c1928-1932|
'Centre - Potters Poppies in crimson, mauve and yellow on a gold cloud within a gold line. Powder blue ground. Rim - gold laurel border coloured in green, spaced with poppy pods and pimpernel. Gold edge.'
I particularly like the 'gold cloud' and the 'poppy pods and pimpernel'. Good marketing blurb!
According to the catalogue, pattern R8460 was offered as dessert ware in Exeter shape, tea & breakfast wares in Ducal shape and coffee ware in Boston shape.
|Catalogue page, c1928-1932, Potters Poppies pattern R8460|
|Catalogue page c1928 for Potters Poppies, pattern 2/7835|
|Plate, earthenware, printed & hand painted, Potters Poppies, pattern 2/7847 1928|
|Backstamps, Potters Poppies, pattern 2/7847 1928|
*Copeland, Robert; 'Spode & Copeland Marks & Other Relevant Intelligence'; Studio Vista; 2nd edition 1997 ISBN 0 289 80069 2