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Object Name Plate, Dessert
Description One of 16 dessert or bread plates in a colorful Imari-style pattern (Imari refers to a multicolor Japanese pattern with elaborate floral designs). This piece is made of porcelain, painted with flowers, leaves and vines in colors including dark blue, green, rust / orange, yellow pink and gold colors on a white / cream background. The flower types include carnation and daisy shapes. There are decorative ribbons hanging from a pagoda shaped-cover, and scroll-shapes tied into the ribbons. Ten of the 16 dessert plates in this set are made of porcelain, including this one. The other six are made of earthen- or stone-ware.

These salad plates are part of a china set that has about 58 individual pieces including salad plates, dinner plates, soup bowls, serving dishes, tureens, and so on.

The full set is actually composed of two groups of china, with the same Imari pattern, but appear to have been manufactured and purchased at different times. One set has the Spode Copeland's China maker's mark. These pieces are made of porcelain, have lots of gilding, a gold/beige painted edge, and the painting overall is bit more refined. Other pieces appear to be earlier versions, made of earthenware or stoneware. These pieces tend to be a bit thicker and taller, but also smaller in diameter. These earlier pieces have less gilding, a creamier colored background and cream-colored edges. We believe these plates were also made by Spode Copeland's at an earlier time, before their bone china recipe was perfected.

Imariware Japanese porcelain was produced in Southern Japan in the early 1600's. Starting in 1660 it flooded into European markets. European imitations were produced by Meissen and Vincennes followed by other companies including Spode, Copeland and Garrett, Crown Derby and Samuel Radford. Spode started producing c 1805. Imari dominated Spode patterns from 1805-1815. The original colors of red and blue were supplemented with green, yellow and other colors. Gilding, catering to the European tastes, added richness to the ware. After 1818, the Derby factory produced a lower quality product.
Maker's Information On recessed underside, stamped in green, the mark reads, "SPODE / COPELAND'S CHINA/ ENGLAND" Underneath that, in red ink, is the mark "MADE FOR / CHARLES R. LYNDE / BOSTON"
Material Porcelain/earthen or stone-ware
Dimensions H-0.75 Dia-7.5 inches
Condition Good
Catalog Number 1976.1.4954.3.1
Search Terms Asian
Japan
Dinnerware
Dining
Place Setting
Dine
Serving