Stamped with a Copeland Spode mark on its base, this beautiful blue pitcher features golfers and more in white relief, raised above
the shiny dark blue background, around its circumference. It measures
5 1/4" tall and 3 1/2" across its base. The base is twice marked "Rd. 345322", which is a British registered design number that dates to the later part of 1899. This classical pitcher 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.
An example of a Copeland Spode pitcher identical to the one 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
Copeland Spode golf stoneware is very desirable. A fine piece.
(The tee shown in some of the images is not part of this lot. It is used to help show size.)