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Spode’s Felspar Porcelain, a variety of Bone China, was developed in 1821 and subsequently became the standard formula for most English Bone China.

The trade name Felspar Porcelain was used in order to compete with Coalport, who were successfully branding their wares as Felspar Porcelain.

By 1815, underglaze blue printing techniques on earthenware had been perfected and large quantities of services were made, with designs based on a variety of topographical, botanical, Oriental and other subjects.

The design, pattern number 282 is known as “Tree of Life” and is based on a Japanese Kakiemon original.Spode is one of the greatest names of the Industrial Revolution.Josiah Spode I was born in 1733 and after several years working for other local potters, established his own company in 1776 in Church Street, (then known as High Street) Stoke and, like his neighbour and friend Josiah Wedgwood, concentrating on the production of ceramic wares of the finest quality in a variety of bodies.Antique shape jug in earthenware with applied sprig mouldings of Bacchanalian cherubs and fruiting vines c.1820.Sprig mouldings are most famously associated with Wedgwood’s Jasperwares, but were in fact applied by a number of Staffordshire potters.Spode II was appointed “Potter to the Prince of Wales” when the Prince Regent visited the factory in 1806.Josiah II’s china bodies, first Bone China and, from 1822, its derivative, Felspar Porcelain, outclassed all other contemporary English porcelains not just in terms of beauty but also of reliability of manufacture.Spode’s are applied on various ceramic bodies – earthenwares, stone-wares and Bone China.Stonewares are particularly strong and less susceptible to breakage than earthenwares and Jasperwares.The pattern books show 5,000 different “standard” patterns were produced during this period, but many more special order patterns were also made.Bow-handled bucket in Bone China, decorated with pattern number 878, c.1806.


  1. Spode's Bone China glazes were particularly good in the way they accepted gilding. In particular, Spode introduced hundreds of Japanese inspired Imari designs, generously gilded. These are sometimes called “candlelight patterns” as in flickering candlelight, the gilding comes alive and sparkles. This plate in Pattern.

  2. Dec 18, 2015. Here are some tips for identifying modern made in England Spode pieces. NOTE. I have some cups and saucers with green writing on the bottom Spode Copelands China England the number 12 and then ys8688 on the bottom of each piece. Is there a "cut off date" for good/better/best RCD Old Imari?

  3. Apr 21, 2004. W. T. Copeland c.1847-1970. Manufacturer of earthenware, parian, fine porcelain etc. at Stoke. Successors to Copeland & Garrett. Josiah Spode c.1770 to April 1833. Copeland & Garrett c.1833 to 1847. W. T. Copeland & Sons c.1847 to 1970. Spode Ltd 1970 to present. Mark. Description & date.

  4. The traditional bone china recipe was 6 parts bone-ash, 4 parts china stone and 3.5 parts kaolin, all finely ground together. Josiah Spode I effectively finalised the formula, and appears to have been doing so between 17. It remained an industrial secret for some time.

  5. Information about Spode and Copeland history can be found in the large Spode archive which is deposited at the Stoke on Trent City Archives. Here it is carefully looked after and is accessible to the public. Please visit my page The Spode Archive for full information on how to find out about your Spode and Copeland pieces.

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