|Soup plate, stone china, 'Bang Up' pattern 2886 c1820 (Lovers of Blue & White)|
'Bang Up' pattern was first introduced by Spode in about 1820. It was recorded with pattern number 2886 and, like most records in the pattern books, no name was mentioned with the paper entry. The pattern is oriental in style but, unlike other Spode patterns of the early 1800s, a Chinese porcelain original is not known. The origin of the name remains puzzling.
The pattern was usually printed and then handcoloured. Some versions had added gilding.
|Comport, stone china, 'Bang Up' pattern 2886 c1820|
|Comport, looking down. Note how the central design in the panel is adapted to follow the shape|
|Soup plate, stone china, pattern 3504 c1823|
|Soup plate, stone china, 'Bang Up' pattern 3690 c1823 (Lovers of Blue & White)|
Pattern 2/4074 was introduced in about 1895. It was similar in design to 'Bang Up' with pattern number 3504 of about 1823 but was produced on earthenware on 'Gadroon' shape. This version was available until about 1960.
|Dish (meat dish/platter), earthenware, 'Gadroon' shape, 'Bang Up' pattern 2/4074|
|Backstamp on dish, pattern 2/4074|
'Here, in an oddly named design, the artist has evolved in truly Eastern style a glorious medley of conventional flowers, bright and gay, to please the most fastidious taste of any period.'
|'Bang Up' earthenware, pattern S2374, 1938|
Sometimes the border of the pattern was used alone with a badge or coat of arms replacing the central panel. The panel shape was also used in pattern number 2/6750 introduced in about 1915 but with a completely different design in the centre.