Copperplate c.1805 showing one of a large series of landscape scenes.

Copperplate c.1805 showing one of a large series of landscape scenes.

Engraved copperplate in the “Geranium” pattern c. 1825.

Engraved copperplate in the “Geranium” pattern c. 1825.

THE SPODE COLLECTION

Copperplates

This collection, the greatest in the world, comprises over 25,000 copperplates, engraved over 200 years, from which transfer prints were taken for printed ceramic wares. They include a wide variety of subjects and are fine examples of the engraver's art.

The earliest known copperplate of the ‘Two Figures’ pattern

The earliest known copperplate of the ‘Two Figures’ pattern, believed to have been engraved c1790 by Thomas Minton for Josiah Spode l, a Spode plate c.1790 showing the pattern and a paper “pull” from the copperplate.