Today we are delighted to offer for sale a wonderful antique Copeland chinoiserie porcelain pitcher! A bit of info on Copeland:
The Copeland porcelain company stems from Spode porcelain. When Josiah Spode of Spode porcelain passed away in 1826, his partner’s son William Copeland acquired the business in partnership with Thomas Garrett. Their productions from then on were marked Copeland and Garrett.
In keeping with the popular Rococo tastes of the time, the wares that Copeland and Garrett produced were noticeably more ornate and extravagant than those previously produced by Spode. In 1846, William Copeland, along with four generations of descendants, became sole owner of the company until 1966.
As Minton’s biggest competitors during the Victorian age, Copeland created some of the most remarkable ceramic wares of the time. Their emphasis on fine artistry helped them stand apart from other porcelain factories, from importing respected artists as designers to exhibiting at such prestigious events as the Great Exhibition of London in 1851. Their range of wares was impressive, as statues and busts, doorknobs, footbaths, and hotel and souvenir wares were all part of their manufacture. Many of the patterns introduced during this age were continued well into the 20th century.
This beautiful pitcher dates to the mid to late 1800’s and is finely crafted and detailed. The piece is large and features moulded and reliefed Asian Chinese-inspired geometrical and floral decorations on the body, which are expertly polychromed in vivid and cheerful colors. The decorations depict lush flower and fruit trees and vegetation, interspersed with flying bat motif. The handle features a cinnabar-colored stripe accented with gold at the top rim. The piece is marked on the bottom “Copeland N Y 73”. Pitcher presents well and is in very good antique condition, with minor wear and patina commensurate with age and use. There is a small, old repair to bottom rim edge below handle. There is minor loss to gilding. No cracks. Please be sure to view our other listing for a matching covered butter dish. Add elegant English Chinoiserie style to any fine pottery and porcelain collection with this wonderful pitcher…Fresh to the market from an old Rhode Island estate!
Dimensions: 10-7/8″ in height, 8″ in length, 7″ in depth
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