An early Spode Stone China* 'Ship' pattern cheese or dessert plate. Finely printed in black with detail hand painted in 'famille rose' colours and finished with best gold outlines and highlights (including beautiful little touches of gold to the ship).
An enchanting chinoiserie scene depicts a mother and child walking towards a trading post while out at sea is a European tall ship. The distinctive 'Ship Border' of peonies on a Chinese wave background was subsequently used for several other designs. In excellent condition - no chips, cracks or restoration and little sign of wear to the enamels or gilding. Rare to find, especially in such good order. Printed SPODE Stone China pseudo-Chinese seal mark with painted pattern number 3067 in red. Diameter 20.25cm (8in)
*A fine vitreous, pale grey body imitating Chinese porcelain was introduced in 1815 and many of the designs used on it were inspired by or copied from Chinese originals. While Chinese pieces were hand painted, Spode items were first printed in outline and then coloured in by hand.
A similar plate can be seen in the V&A Museum collection here