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Camilla Blue Spode Dishes - $650 (Stockton)


condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Spode
model name / number: Camilla Blue
size / dimensions: Various

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I have 70 various pieces of the Camilla Blue Spode dishes for sale (earthenware, blue flowers, scalloped, no trim). Purchasing these pieces separately would cost over $3,000 but I'm only asking $650.00 or best offer.

Josiah Spode founded his Spode pottery around 1770 at Stroke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. Even before Spode arrived, this area was well known as “The Potteries,” one of Britain’s most important districts for the production of porcelain.

In 1785, Spode began producing its line of blue-on-pearl china, which was to become its first success thanks to the skill of designer Thomas Minton in the early 1790s. Spode’s pieces were distinctive for the depth and richness of their blue color—the pottery refined its own cobalt to achieve the effect. This blue-and-white china remained one of Spode’s most distinctive products for decades to come, though Spode also produced a variety of unglazed lines, including basalts, redwares and canewares.

When Josiah Spode passed away, his son, Josiah Spode II, took over the business in 1797. Spode II continued the research his father had begun into bone-ash porcelain. Potteries had experimented with adding burnt animal bone to their porcelain for a few decades, but Spode II perfected the proportions of this mix between 1797 and 1798.

A mix of between 33 and 50 percent burnt animal bone, plus equal amounts of feldspar and quartz, yielded porcelain that was extremely white, strong, cheap to produce and translucent. This bone-ash, or soft-paste, porcelain soon spread to other British potteries, giving England the boost it needed to stay competitive in the international market. By 1820, Spode’s approach to porcelain became the standard formula for bone china. Spode’s porcelain pieces often featured elaborate painted decorations, sometimes with exotic or foreign characters in novel scenes.

With the popularity of its bone-ash porcelain, Spode became the most successful Staffordshire pottery from 1800 to 1833. Its pieces had few flaws compared to the products of other companies—its glaze did not craze, its colors did not flake. Spode produced a wide variety of lines, including tea wares, dinner wares and dessert wares, alongside incense burners, pen trays, cabinet pieces and more. Master decorator Henry Daniel fostered high-quality designs on Spode’s polychromatic and gilded pieces, and C. F. Hürten painted many exquisite vases.

Each Spode piece was marked with the family name alongside a pattern number in red. This pattern number started at 1 in 1800—by 1833, it had reached 5000. Pattern #1166 is particularly noteworthy for its elaborate decoration. Other noteworthy pattern lines included Willow, which was first developed by Josiah Spode I around 1790; Tower; Camilla; and London, which was copied by many other makers between 1815 and 1825. Spode also produced imitation Chinese wares. Before 1805, these pieces featured a “Spode Stone China” mark alongside a fake Chinese seal.

In 1833, William Taylor Copeland took the reins at Spode after Josiah Spode III died, and he renamed the company Copeland and Garrett. In 1847, Copeland and Garrett became W. T. Copeland, and then W. T. Copeland and Sons in 1867. During this period, the company began producing Parian ware, its line of statuary porcelain busts and figures.

These small-scale figures were inspired by (and sometimes simply replicated) classical sculptures from ancient Greece and Rome, and they were finished to resemble marble. These affordable pieces allowed the general public to bring fine classical art into their homes. Copeland displayed these figures at the 1851 London Great Exhibition, where they were extremely successful and popular. Alongside the Parian figures, Copeland continued to produce fine bone china and earthenware.

Copeland’s production facilities remained at Spode’s original Staffordshire location. In 1970, the company’s name changed back to Spode Ltd., which became Royal Worcester Spode Ltd. in 1976.
Royal Worcester Spode experienced severe financial difficulties in the 2000s and was purchased by Portmeirion in April 2009. Portmeirion has continued to use the Royal Worcester Spode name in its product line.

Today, on the market, vintage and antiques Spode pieces attract both new and seasoned collectors alike. From individual plates that can command up $150 each if you have the right plate to coveted antique blue/white sets from the 18th and early 19th Centuries that regularly attract values into the $10,000 to $100,000 range (many factors determine a value in that range). Spode remains a highly attractive and sought after name in the collectibles realm for fine dinnerware.


Camilla was originally introduced in 1833. The central spray is thought to be of the the tea plant, camilla sinensis, from which the pattern may have derived its name. Camilla's ornately engraved border features Italian renaissance scroll motifs in pale blue on a classic white body. Although it may appear somewhat formal it is perfectly capable of standing up to washings in the dishwasher and the warming of leftovers in the microwave.

Spode Camilla Blue is no longer being produced but if you're looking for a replacement or for additional pieces for your collection, look no further.

Following is what the collection includes:4-10 1/2" dinner dishes, 10-4" tea cups, 1 gravy boat with attachment underneath, 1-3" sugar bowl and lid, 1-5" teapot and lid, 1 rectangular covered vegetable dish, 1-6 1/2" coupe cereal bowl, 2-5" cranberry bowls, 1-14 1/2" oval serving platter, 1-12 5/8" oval serving platter, 2-9 1/8" square vegetable bowls, 1-8" square vegetable bowl, 6-9" large rim soup bowls, 5-7 1/2" salad plates, 4-6 1/4" bread and butter plates, 12-6" saucers for flat cups, 7-6 3/8" saucers for oversized cups and 11-2" flat cups.

FYI-the teapot, rectangular covered vegetable dish and the 14 1/2" oval serving platter alone would cost $859.85. I'm asking $650.00 or best offer for all 70 pieces.

Please see the attached pictures and left me know if you have any questions. Thank you.
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