Spode Italian Design Blue and White Large Pitcher
Design Plus Gallery presents an Italian Design Pitcher by Spode, England. Beautiful cobalt transfer ware vignettes play upon the white surface of this large porcelain pitcher.
“The Blue Italian design was launched by Josiah Spode II in 1816, and this decorative vignette provided the perfect showcase for his father’s revolutionary blue underglaze transfer printing process. It depicts a classic Italianate landscape – although the origins of the scene remain a mystery, as no single place in Italy seems to match the various elements. Nevertheless, it brought huge success for Spode and in the 1930s one catalogue recorded over 700 different items available.‘It has certainly proved long lasting, perhaps due to its unique combination of European and Asian design – the classical Italian scene coupled with the Imari- inspired border,’ says Paul Holdway, former Head Engraver at Spode, and one of the Trustees of the Spode Museum Trust. ‘This, along with the fine quality of its hand engraving and use of cobalt blue printing, was a winning formula.”