It illustrates something very special. But what's the story behind the photograph?
In 1959 the Spode company was owned by the Copeland family operating as W. T. Copeland & Sons Ltd.
In the photo you can see what was then a modern vehicle to be proud of. It is smartly painted in the Spode livery.
|Detail of lorry livery|
|Cover, 'Spode Saga'|
|Catalogue page 1959|
This is a publicity stunt!
The lorry is balanced on four bone china cups. This is pottery showmanship at its best - showcasing the strength of Spode's bone china.
|Spode bone china cups under the wheels|
|Coffee cup, pattern 2812 c1820|
|Looking inside the cup showing translucency|
So... in this marketing gimmick, what better way to show the strength of the then current Spode bone china than to balance something heavy on the product for a dramatic statement?
The lorry on four cups was the result. I love it!
I mention this because, of course, Robert was full of information about the 'lorry on four cups' event as he was there at the time and instrumental in developing the idea.
|The author & Robert, deep in ceramic conversation 1998|
|Catalogue page bone china 1959|