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Vintage Spode Christmas Tree 'Tea and Toast' Set

Vintage Spode Christmas Tree 'Tea and Toast' Set


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From the markets of England, we are pleased to offer the difficult-to-find Vintage Spode Christmas Tree 'Tea and Toast' Set. 

First produced by Spode in 1938, this warm and festive pattern is a true Christmastime classic. Covered in merry holly and snowberry springs, the original pattern was the creation of Sydney Thompson and Thomas Hassall.

Inspired by the certain magic of the American Christmas with visions of colorful, ribbon-topped boxes, sparkling tinsel, and extravagant Christmas trees, Spode set out to create a pattern to capture the spirit of Christmastime in the States.

With evergreen hues trimming each piece as the exquisite, grand Christmas tree decorates the center, we are so charmed by this festive set. With a cozy nature and wintry charm, we can't help but imagine warming up by a toasty fire with our buttery toast and steaming cup of tea (or hot cocoa!) with this classic Christmas Tea and Toast Set.

Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. Tea and Toast Sets are sold individually. 3 sets total available. Hand washing recommended to preserve their excellent vintage condition. Tray measures 11 7/8" x 6 3/4", Teacup measures 2 7/8" x 4 1/4" with handle.

Spode China was started in 1767 by Josiah Spode I, who became a visionary in business and in tableware. In the late 1700s, the popular chinaware from the Orient was becoming scarcer and Britain needed new sources for their dinnerware needs. Josiah Spode answered the call.

At the age of 16, Josiah had apprenticed with master potter Thomas Whieldon.  He learned much about pottery and design and in 1770 opened the doors to his own porcelain factory in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Spode factory, under the careful guidance of Josiah, was responsible for two of the most important breakthroughs in English ceramics: first, the formula for bone china that is used today and, even more importantly, he perfected the "underglaze" printing process that is practiced to this day. Many intricate patterns could be applied to pieces without the worries of chipping, scratching and fading.

Delightfully little has changed since the Spode company first began producing English pottery in the 1700s. Its factory, still located in Stoke-on-Trent, is in operation today, and its methods of production have been modified only slightly. Transferware patterns continue to be created with handcrafted copper plates and hand-rubbed transfer sheets, and the earthenware is still made with ingredients that have been used since 1820. 

Purchased by William Copeland and Thomas Garrett in 1833, the Spode mark was officially changed to Copeland Spode, the particular markings on this china.

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