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Spode Bone China Pot (date unknown)

This is a Bone China Pot manufactured by the Spode pottery company based in England.

This small 3” pot features two paintings of distinct foliage, fruit, leaves and flowers – one on each side. The narrow circular opening on the top is covered by a lid. The lid also features a gathering of foliage on its top, with the sides given decorative gold circling the lid. Underneath the pot consists of the ‘Spode’ logo, followed by the text “England Bone China” with “J 161” beneath the logo.

Spode is an English company known for producing pottery and homeware, based in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Josiah Spode, the founder of the company, worked under Thomas Wieldon (renowned English potter who helped in the development of Staffordshire pottery) between the ages of 16 and 21. In 1770, Spode was able to perfect two important techniques that were vital to the worldwide success of the English pottery industry. One of which was transfer printing in underglaze blue on fine earthenware, as well as being credited with developing the formula for fine bone china. His son, Josiah Spode II, was responsible for the successful marketing of the English bone china for his father.

In the present day, Spode is owned by the the Portmeirion Group, a pottery company based in the same city that Spode began.

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