A set of four Spode India pattern blue and white transfer printed pearlware dinner plates dating from circa 1815 to 1835. These highly decorative and collectable antique blue and white transfer ware plates are impress marked as well as transfer printed with the name SPODE. Spode operated from their factory in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England from 1770 until 1833.
The pattern consists of a hollow blue rock in front of two peony bushes with large open flowers, there are a number of flying insects, namely butterflies or moths and perhaps two bees. The border is segmented in eight sections with four opposing floral patterns in each one with a diaper and geometric pattern background. The inner rim is a border of laurel leaves.
The plates are 9 7/8 inches in diameter, dinner plate size and have a very attractive Chinoiserie pattern know as India. In the early 19th century the name "India" was often used to describe oriental style. Although this pattern is actually based upon a Chinese design from the Kangxi (K'ang Hsi) period, who reigned 1661 -1722.
The India pattern was introduced by Spode around 1815. It is thought that India was withdrawn around 1835. This pattern is also documented in "Chinoiserie, printed British ceramics in the Chinese style 1750-1900 by Richard Halliday and Loren Zeller, pp. 250 and 394
This plates are in good antique condition with no chips nor restoration, two have a short crack to the base. Together they weigh 1.529kg unpacked and will have to be shipped by courier for international deliveries.
They are great example of antique blue and white transfer ware by a highly regarded and collected factory - ideal to add to any collection or great for display.