Stone China teapot

Stone China teapot in pattern 2061, c1815, sometimes known as the “Cabbage” pattern and also “Tobacco Leaf” pattern. The Spode Museum has several items in this pattern.

tone China Porter Mug

Stone China Porter Mug in pattern number 2086, c.1815.

Spode Stone China plate

Spode Stone China plate decorated in “Star Centre” in pattern number 2407 c.1816


Stone China

This extremely strong, vitreous, pale grey ceramic body, whose appearance imitated Chinese porcelains, was introduced in 1815 and many of the designs on it were inspired by, or were outright copies of, Chinese originals. While the Chinese pieces were hand-painted, the Spode items were first printed in outline and then coloured in by hand, an obviously more efficient manufacturing process. An opaque variation, “New Stone China”, was introduced in 1820.

The Museum’s collection includes a wide variety of pieces made in Stone China. Among the examples illustrated are two original Chinese 18th Century plates and Stone China plates that Spode made imitating them, recently donated to the Museum by the family of the late Robert Copeland.

Octagonal plates

Two similar shaped octagonal plates. On the left is a Chinese
porcelain original, while the one on the right is a Spode copy in
Stone China c.1815

Chinese porcelain original

On the left is a Chinese porcelain original and on the right is a Spode copy in Stone China c.1815. The pattern, number 2118, became known as “Peacock”, and was immensely successful, being reproduced in numerous versions on various ceramic bodies by Spode throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.