Plate from a service made for the East India Company c.1825, with their coat of arms.
The Spode Museum has many armorial items including pieces made for George IV, Goldsmiths Company, Charles Dickens, Edward VII and the Titanic.
Subsequent donations received from a number of sources have made it not only truly representative of the factory’s productions over the centuries, but also one of the largest and most important ceramics collections in the world.
This ceramics collection was formerly housed in buildings on the Spode factory site in Church Street, Stoke.
The first firm to develop a reliable recipe was Spode in 1799. Germany, France and the rest of Europe stuck to their older, more traditional Chinese porcelain recipes (no animal bone).
During the Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the familiar underglazed blue-and-white patterns many people associate with fine "china" were developed, while detailed decorative painting over glaze also became a common technique.
Chinese porcelain was exported to Europe as early as the 1100s, but it was rare and only available to the very wealthy.
This exhibit employs Robert Copeland's categorization of marks to include: Impressed, painted and printed company marks as well as workman's painted and printed marks.
With few exceptions, the marks included in the exhibit are assigned the number designated by Mr. While these marks represent the types of marks found on the items included in the exhibition, they do not constitute a complete list of all marks employed by the Spode factory from 1780 to 1833.