But there are more leafy connections. The most relevant to the autumn season is probably the pattern Fallen Leaves. This was registered as a design with the British Patent office in 1919 and a version on earthenware has pattern number 2/7613 which was introduced in about 1922. Look closely and you will also see butterflies amongst the fallen leaves. This pattern is printed and then hand coloured. A version produced on bone china has pattern number R6869 and was first recorded in about 1919.
|Salad bowl, Fallen Leaves, pattern 2/7613 c1922
|Fallen Leaves bowl's backstamp
The Fishmongers' Company was one of Spode's customers - note the Spode engravers get the apostrophe in the wrong place in the engraving for this backstamp. You can find out more about The Fishmongers' Company here.
|Leaf-shaped dish, and mould (left). Note the vein detailing
|Garden Pots 1881
|Dessert Ware 1881
|Ewer from a toilet set, pattern 3000 c1820
|Dessert plate, handpainted, pattern 286 c1802
|Unexpected back of pattern 286 in Chinese porcelain style, c1802
|Dessert plate, bone china, Exeter shape, 1949
The Exeter shape dessert plate illustrated here features a study of two New Zealand ferns, Polypodium cunninghamii and Pteris tremula, painted by Roy Trigg. It is from a beautiful and very well-researched design for a service of dessert ware. Each item depicted two ferns. It was commissioned by the Government of New Zealand in 1949 for the planned Royal Tour by their Majesties King George VI and Queen Elizabeth which was sadly cancelled owing to the King's ill health. The design has pattern number Y7071.
|Cup and saucer in leaf shapes, New England pattern c2003