Thursday, July 8, 2010

Spode Copeland Two Color Transferware Tablescape

I don't know the pattern name I've used here, which is commonly the case with Spode/Copeland. Many of the Spode/Copeland patterns were given numbers only, each piece having a hand written number on back often preceded by a letter or a number above.  In fact, there are over 70,000 of the Spode factory patterns which were allocated with numbers corresponding to designs recorded in their pattern books.  
Spode and Copeland used more marks than any other pottery manufacturer.
This set is hand numbered with 2 over 8330, the number 2 specifically indicating an earthenware pattern as opposed to other Spode china types and the 8330 telling us what year this pattern was produced. This set can be dated to 1930, according to Robert Copelands book entitle Spode And Copeland Marks And Other Relevant Intelligence.

I've come across this pattern only twice, here a rare two color, black and red transfer with hand painted, polychrome centers and previously in a lavender and green transfer with polychrome centers. 
I was fortunate to find 11 place settings consisting of dinner, salad and bread plates and cups and saucers which I've had stashed away for a couple of years.  I've saved this set with the notion that one of my kids will decide they want it someday, that's if I don't decide to keep it first.  The biggest boy says it's his favorite, that's Shawn, my husband, by the way. ;-)
  Although there is no pattern name that I'm aware of, this particular shape is named.
  It is called Charlotte, named after a silver service owned by Queen Charlotte. I love the swirled effect and the edges soft pointed tips.



Each piece has a different scene.

Dinner Plate
Salad Plate
Cup (inside)
Bread Plate



I began my tablescape with a handmade needlepoint rug runner laid lengthwise across the table.   Since I am a huge fan of layering and combining textures I like that some of the wood top is left showing.  This table isn't old, it looks that way because it's seen a LOT of use via our 6 kids, many family gatherings, card and poker games.  I like the rustic look it's taken on over the years.  If you look close enough you can see all the worn edges and scratches here and there.  There's even a spot rubbed away by the girls nail polish remover.  Nice.


Again, mixing up textures I added some hand beaded chargers from Always Elegant.  These are a pretty gold, adding just enough sparkle and bling with not going over board.  These will be fun to work with at Christmas to!
At the host and hostess settings I laid the curtain tiebacks down the center, slightly hanging over the tables edge. Sometimes I do something a bit different at these two settings...mainly because I don't always have 8 of a particular item.  The colors work great and adds a little extra texture splash.





Hand beaded coasters that match the chargers and my napking rings take their place underneath each goblet.

Napkin rings hold a layer of two napkins, the gold organza napkins are also from Always Elegant.  If you follow my blog or tablescapes you've seen other items from this online shop.  They carry a nice selection of hand beaded chargers, napkin rings and coasters in an array of colors and can handle orders for anything from a table for 2 to a table for 200.  


My centerpiece is a simple black, painted tole pot with mixed greenery.



Large candle holders at either side of the greenery...these are usually on my mantle.




For fun, I draped a single panel sheer over each  host and hostess chair and tied an organza garland ribbon around each.  These garlands match the napkins from Always Elegant. 
"Casting warmth of fragile glow" from my poem Writing Abode...the table is finished off with a few ruby red tea-lights scattered amongst the place settings.


ok, almost finished...Bumbles had to pop in with a tray of chocolates...I can't wait for Trevor to realize they're not real. hehe





Better a little which is well done, than a great deal imperfectly. ~Plato~


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57 comments:

  1. Oh my I LOVE that china!
    If I masquerade as one of your kids, may I have it? No, don't think that's going to work.

    Gorgeous, sumptuous table -- so much to look at! Only disappointment? Fake chocolates. :-)

    Happy July!
    Cass

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  2. What a gorgeous, elegant table! That dinnerware is so distinctive. Those chargers are so pretty. They will be wonderful at the holidays. I like the stories that your well-loved table tells.

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  3. Nancy, this china is one of my favorite that you have shown us...I just love the red and the scene in the center. The tea cup is so lovely too. You have displayed everything so great with the beaded placemats. Just lovely! Joni

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  4. Absolutely spectacular table setting! Elegant but very inviting. I especially love those beaded chargers and coasters - so sparkly and festive-looking.

    Have a great day, and Happy Summertime! from Joy @ Joysweb

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  5. This is just sumptuous gorgeousness right here. The Spode is amazing, and what you have done here is so regal and warm. I love your blog.

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  6. Your china is absolutely beautiful. The whole table is stunning! Lovely china and I love the chargers with it!

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  7. Just droolful beautiful my friend...WOW!! once again another great Nancy table...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  8. Breathtaking. This tablescape is stunning. I love the china. It is so pretty and I havn't ever seen any like it before. All of your linens and accessories are just fantastic. Great post. I really enjoyed seeing your table. Hugs, Marty

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  9. What an extraordinary table...the color and shape of the china is really beautiful. I so look forward to your tablescape each week, Nancy.

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  10. Wow - I appreciate tablescapes alot more now. And the dishes are divine. Happy VTT.

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  11. Beautiful Nancy! This looks so divine in your dining room. The teacups with this pattern are just wonderful. How pretty the scroll work is on each of the plates too. Love it.
    Sherry

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  12. what a beautiful room! your dishes are very unique, i have never seen that pattern, wonderful looking, love the butler too, cute!

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  13. Nancy,
    You set the richest, most oppulent tables in bloggland. This is the most perfect example of your art!
    I LOVE this rare china! Oh, my it is breathtaking. And you did honor to it by keeping everything on your table bold, regal, and magical!
    This is the best table ever! Perfect!
    Yvonne

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  14. what an elegant table-just perfect for so many occasions. You've given me tons of new ideas. thanks for sharing with us this week!

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  15. Beautiful table setting! I adore your plates, I love plates with scenes.

    Happy VTT!
    Sally

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  16. OOOOHH Nancy, Those are the prettiest dishes! I think that's the prettiest table yet.

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  17. Nancy, everything about this is so elegant.
    It would make a lovely Christmas setting, now all we need is turkey!

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  18. Beautiful table...and love the red dishes....so pretty! Have a great VTT!

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  19. This is absolutely breathtaking! I love the layering, which I would love to achieve, but haven't yet. Of course I love the china, and the goblets. My mom had these in green and red and sold them on ebay. Now she wishes she had them. Your dining room is gorgeous also. The curtain tiebacks are a brilliant idea. Beautiful and elegant presentation!!

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  20. Nancy, I have never seen this Spode pattern...it is gorgeous! The needlepoint rug is fabulous with these dishes. The full picture of your dining room is magazine worthy. Beautiful.
    xo, Sherry

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  21. Your china is elegant as is your table setting. Thanks for sharing. ♣olive

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  22. OMG- your table is GORGEOUS! What time is dinner... I'll be right over!

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  23. A stunning table. I really love the two-color transferware!

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  24. This is just sooo classy and elegant!! I LOVE the rich colors and settings...
    Visiting from justsewsassy.com

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  25. Hi Nancy....I have to say, I have seen many of dishes in my day...but NEVER anything like this. Then all together that picture looks like it should be in a magazine shoot...wow, beautiful!

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  26. Nancy, I collect Charlotte patterns (my daughter is named Charlotte) but I never knew that there was a shape of dish by that name! Yippee, more to search for! Come visit my new blog when you have the chance!

    Linda

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  27. again you awed me with your vast collection of transferware and they are all prettier than before!.. your table setting just so grand!

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  28. This china pattern is exquisite...I don't think you needed to add anything except a white damask tablecloth and napkins and the table would have been amazing. Gorgeous doesn't begin to describe how beautiful the pattern is.

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  29. I am so glad you included lots of photos - that's a beautiful pattern. I can't believe Spode made over 70,000 patterns! Your table decorations are lovely - so rich and Old World looking with all the textures and patterns. Great job!

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  30. The table is incredibly beautiful. That china is amazing. I just can't express how much I love your table. Wonderful, wonderful. THanks so much for sharing it.

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  31. I think that is the prettiest set of dishes!! I love (big poofy heart love) this tablescape!!

    ~angela @ peonypatch
    www.mccalled.com/peonypatch

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  32. Nancy, I believe this is the prettiest pattern I have EVER seen. Your table is phenomenol-everything is perfect.

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  33. Just beautiful! The reds really catch my eye ~ and what a lovely holiday tablescape this would be.

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  34. Incredibly stunning. I just love those dishes.

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  35. You did a fantastic job of arranging everything, I love your dishes! Mary

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  36. Coming by from New friends Friday! Beautiful table set up. http://www.thrumommieiez.blogspot.com
    *smile*

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  37. Wow, what a gorgeous display. Love what you have done with all the elements. Glad to have found your blog through VTT.

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  38. that is an unbelievable about of detail you've put into that tablescape. amazing.

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  39. Such a beautiful tablescape and dining room. I think I say that everytime but I mean it!
    machelle

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  40. Did you hear that thump...that was my jaw dropping! Unbelievable treasure! Where do you find these, and a full set no less! Just beautiful, my favorite so far!!!

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  41. My eyes are green (and when I was born, they were brown!!!) Those plates are incredible. I heart Copeland Spode. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous table!
    smiles!

    www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

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  42. Wow, I love your blog! How wonderful!
    Thank you so much for sharing!
    Leticia

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  43. Quite possibly the most beautiful plates ever! I love how you used the needlepoint rug as a runner with them. I am seriously coveting those plates! What more can I say except "perfection."

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  44. This table is sooo elegant! Seems like it should be in one of those movies like Howards End or Remains of the Day. I like seeing how your mind works and how you put your combinations together, Nancy. Always a nice looking table!

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  45. Nancy this is all truly spectacular! I adore your beautiful spode dishes. What you did with the bow on the chairs is adorable. Gorgeous!

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    ~Melissa :)

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  46. I LOVE the dishes! Incredibly grand and gorgeous! I so love looking at all your pictures!

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  47. Beautiful tablescape. The china is delicious but it is the handmade needlepoint rug that you used as a table runner that has my eyes popping. It is so gorgeous that I am seriously coveting it....

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  48. HOLY, MOLY... what a masterpiece! Well done.

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  49. I just found you and have become a follower. I deal in English antiques and collectibles and think your blog is just gorgeous!!! We travel to England to buy every year and your thatched cottage photos made me quite homesick! You are doing a super job!
    Ruth
    Time Was Antiques
    www.timewasantiques.net
    www.antiquesandteacups.com

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  50. Hi Nancy! Oh, what a beautiful table! I love it. You have thought of everything to make this table setting just perfect. Those dishes! Oh, my goodness! I would call the pattern "Gorgeous"! I've never seen this pattern before. It is unusual have the mix of colors and the hand painted centers are just breath taking. I have those same stemmed goblets.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

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  51. What an elegant table... love love your dinner plates and what you did with the chairs to embellish them.... awesome idea! Thanks for participating in our "Show Off Your Cottage Monday" and letting us into your lovely home...

    Cielo

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  52. Nancy,
    You certainly have set, layered quite a sumptuous table setting. Just love the color combinations and the textures! Your family must feel special with all those lovely details.
    Would have loved seeing their expressions when noting the candy wasn't real!
    Just love every detail,
    Kathy

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  53. Nancy, thank you for your comments. I'm excited to find 'birds of a feather' with whom to share my passion for tablescapes and entertaining. Replacements.com has 20 entries for peg nappy, and eBay is currently listing 8 auctions under peg nappy. I've always called them pegged nappy, but they seem to show up under the singular 'peg' nappy. You're going to use them often if you buy them.
    The Spode is spectacular, and your tablescape is inspiring. Thank you for sharing your talents. Cherry Kay

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  54. All of your collections are gorgeous! We came across your page doing research on a Spode tea cup that my hubbie is selling, it is of the Copeland line, but I don't see it in this collection, it has the coloring and the shapes of the china you have on this page, but it has a hunting scene... I can't find this collection anywhere, but it really is pretty. Thanks for sharing-Melisa
    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221054372040&ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT#ht_500wt_1156

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  55. Copeland and Garrett's Richmond Hill is the original design.

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