Stamped with Copeland Spode's mark on its base, this beautiful blue teapot and lid features golfers and more in white relief, raised above the shiny dark blue background, around its circumference. It measures 5" tall including the lid and 9" across, tip of spout to the back of the handle. This classical Teapot has survived for well over a century and remains in outstanding original condition. It is truly a beautiful work of art that will sparkle and enrich any collection.
Another example of the Copeland Spode teapot offered here is shown on page 22 of Shirley and Jerry Sprung's "Decorative Golf Collectibles," published in 1991. The Sprungs briefly comment on the company on page 23 as follows:
"Copeland-Spode is the modern name of a firm which dates to 1770 and follows the history of generations of Spodes and Copelands. Josiah Spode I was the master potter at the Stoke-on-Trent factory still operated by Copeland-Spode today. Josiah Spode II opened a showroom in London where he marketed the bone china he and his father had perfected. After 1797, William Copeland managed the showroom, later succeeded by his son. Despite numerous changes of name, Copeland-Spode products have been of consistently high quality throughout the firm's history."
A matching Copeland pitcher in this auction is stamped with a British Design regstration number that dates to late 1899, so by extension this teapot dates to the same time frame. Copeland golf ceramics are very desirable.
(The tee shown in some of the images is not part of this lot. It is used to help show size.)