Dating spode porcelain
Hundreds of potters were busy producing decorative and functional wares for the exploding population.Many of these wares were mass-produced and marketed to the ordinary working family.High quality tableware and decorative items were made for the more aspiring and affluent middle and upper classes.Large country homes and elegant town houses occupied by the new industrialists, financiers and rural elite who wishes to impress bought fine examples of pottery from the classic potters of the time such as Spode, Davenport, Masons, Mayer, Wedgwood, Herculaneum, Don and countless other factories.These records detail tableware type, the decoration, and the painter, but the simpler apprentice sets and transfer printed sets appear to have no clear record of what each set looks like.The early part of the 19th century is a very rich time for English, Welsh, and Scottish Pottery.The date included is the year of introduction of the design, not the date of manufacture.In January 1989 new factory stamps were phased in with N in place of the M and soon afterward black numbers were introduced.
Records of Worcester tableware marks were only published for the more expensive hand painted patterns which appeared randomly throughout the numbering sequence.
Underglaze blue and white transferware was very popular and much produced by numerous factories often illustrating idyllic rural scenes and romantic ruins in foreign lands.
New techniques such as items decorated in lustre were introduced and one of our specialisation’s is pink and silver lustre objects from the circa 1820/35 period.
It being easier and cheaper to put an extra dot on existing copper plates than make new ones.
This continued until the dots became un-manageable and then Worcester marks changed to different shapes, all printed beneath the circle.