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The Spode Peplow Pattern

The Peplow pattern by Spode and Bill Thompson
Jan 2013


Spode's Peplow pattern has been popular throughout the 19th & 20th centuries.

Spode`s original"Peplow" pattern,transfer printed in blue,is Quite rare and the first version of

it probably dates from the early 19th century.It has a Nankin surround to the centre pattern and a

flower type border with a star rim.This  is illustrated in "Spode Transfer Printed Ware 1784-1833"

by David Drakard and Paul Holdway,published 2002,as print P812-1 on page 222.


Spode`s second "peplow" pattern is blue underglaze printed and has a re-engraved centre with a

wide star rim supported by floral designs.It was probably issued around 1819-20 and used on both

earthenware and bone-china items.Please refer to the above mentioned book,print number P812-2 on

page 222.The copperplate of this design is in the Spode Museum Trust collection and marked with

the plate makers backstamp,J.Harlow,Stoke.


The design was revived as a polychrome transfer printed design with a blue and gold border in

1910,as pattern number R4075 on bone-china and 2/6246 on earthenware for Harrods Department Store

in London;registered design number 568948.It was yet again revived as pattern number R8542 with a

yellow border in 1925,production of which continued for many years.Which suggests that these later

versions were produced in vast quantities - you can in fact obtain these later productions today

from china match websites and also on ebay

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