A fine Spode porcelain Sucrier in pattern 715 c.1804. This popular design is known as the 'Dollar' pattern because the old gnarled & distorted tree looks like the dollar symbol. The origins of this design are Oriental and probably it is derived from Japanese mid 17th century Kakiemon. Josiah Spode II introduced this pattern c.1804 and it is very interesting that fashion & taste is looking to the Far East again rather than Europe The design is all hand-painted and uses cobalt blue & iron-red enamels together with lots of flashing gold.
These Japanese Kakiemon/Imari inspired designs became known as 'Japans' or 'good candlelight patterns' & were phenomenally popular with those who could afford such luxuries. They were heavily decorated and would have required much care & detailed work with both the painting and gilding, making them expensive items.
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