Between 1833 and 1847 the Spode company was owned by the partnership of Copeland and Garrett. As someone interested in both pots and plant history (you may have noticed this from previous blogs) I was delighted to find records of Copeland and Garrett wares, specifically associated with planting, in The Floral Calendar; Monthly and Daily for 1839.
Here is a lovely illustration of an octagonal flower stand which is described as 'one of the many combinations with the "running patterns" of the porcelain tiles of Messrs Copeland and Garrett'. For a particular situation, if only one side is to be seen, then 'only half the octagon needs to be faced with tiles' - the comment is added that this is a 'measure which will materially diminish the cost of the stand'. Important if the budget was not to be too extravagant! The stand was made by 'Mr Butler of the Edgware-road' (London).
|Design for a Slab for Flower Box or Flower Stand
So once again prepare to be amazed by just what this factory produced and look out for those tiles, slabs, fireplaces and floors in the grand houses worldwide, often overlooked or attributed to other Staffordshire potters - for you can rarely see the backstamp when cemented into place. Of course many of these Copeland and Garrett items are made in collaboration with other specialist retailers, individual craftsmen and manufacturers. This collaboration with other experts in their field began under the Spode ownership and continued until well into the 20th century.
|Copeland & Garrett large 'Flower Boxes'
|Slab painted with rhododendrons on a basket weave background
You can find some small plaques, such as for door furniture or actually as insets for fine furniture, on the V & A website.