But there are more leafy connections. The most relevant to the autumn season is probably the pattern Fallen Leaves. This was registered as a design with the British Patent office in 1919 and a version on earthenware has pattern number 2/7613 which was introduced in about 1922. Look closely and you will also see butterflies amongst the fallen leaves. This pattern is printed and then hand coloured. A version produced on bone china has pattern number R6869 and was first recorded in about 1919.
|Salad bowl, Fallen Leaves, pattern 2/7613 c1922|
|Fallen Leaves bowl's backstamp|
The Fishmongers' Company was one of Spode's customers - note the Spode engravers get the apostrophe in the wrong place in the engraving for this backstamp. You can find out more about The Fishmongers' Company here.
|Leaf-shaped dish, and mould (left). Note the vein detailing|
|Garden Pots 1881|
|Dessert Ware 1881|
|Ewer from a toilet set, pattern 3000 c1820|
|Dessert plate, handpainted, pattern 286 c1802|
|Unexpected back of pattern 286 in Chinese porcelain style, c1802|
|Dessert plate, bone china, Exeter shape, 1949|
...and finally bringing us (almost) up to date...a modern bone china pattern from the last years of the Spode factory called New England comprising different leaf shaped items to 'mix and match'. The design was based on Spode archive material researched by me!
|Cup and saucer in leaf shapes, New England pattern c2003|