|Cottage incense burners. L: probably Spode, bone china. Mid & R: Spode Felspar porcelain, early 1800s|
|A Spode's Felspar Porcelain backstamp|
|Cottage incense burner, Spode, bone china early 1800s|
|Cottage orné, Langton by Partney, Lincolnshire|
One of my favourite incense burners features a bit of early 19th century 'Egyptomania' and is made from Spode's high quality black basalt body. It is decorated with white sprigs of Egyptian hieroglyphics - or the North Staffordshire interpretation of them at the time. (For more information about sprigs go to my Sprigged Stoneware page). This basalt incense burner is thought to date from about 1805 and is recorded as a Pyramid Incense Burner. There is a record of it in the 1820 Shape Book which you can view in detail online by clicking here; then scroll down to 'Incense Burners and Phosphorous Pots'. You can go on to look at various records of these items produced in different shapes.
|Pyramid Incense Burner, 1820 Shape Book|
A 'Beaded Upright Scollopd Incense Burner' is another favourite just for its name alone. The 1820 Shape Book shows it was to be 2 and a half inches tall. I have illustrated one from the V & A where it has been mistaken for a 'matchpot' in the collection records. Matchpots are a much simpler shape with no lid and these too can be found in the Shape Book on page 1. Showing there was quite a demand for these items many more shapes are found in the 1820 Shape Book including the following: Beaded Low Incense Burner, Antique Incense Burner, Dolphin Tripod, Beaded Incense Burner with Dolphin Handles (3 sizes), Bow Handled Incense Burner and a 3 Legged Imaged Handled Beaded Incense Burner.
|Beaded Upright Scollopd Incense Burner, 1820 Shape Book|
|Beaded Upright Scollopd Incense Burner, bone china, pattern 3798 c1824|
|Wares in Spode's pattern 1166. Dolphin Tripod incense burner 2nd from right c1808|
It seems that whatever the fashion demanded - quaint and rustic, up to the minute Egyptomania or something more classical - Spode responded to its customers' demands and requirements with style, high quality and a little bit of panache!
|Dolphin Tripod incense burner 2nd from right c1810|