Copeland (British, c. 1833-1966)

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The Copeland period was long phase in the history of the British porcelain manufacturer Spode, which went through many phases of business since its establishment by Josiah Spode in in 1767.

The Copeland period dated from 1833, when the Spode family were succeeded in the same business by William Copeland, and lasted until 1966, when the business and factories continued under the name ‘Spode Ltd’.

Under the Copelands, the firm made some of the most exquisite ceramic wares of the age. Copeland exhibited at the 1851 Great Exhibition in London, which took place in the Crystal Palace erected in Hyde Park, and later in the International Exhibition in London, 1862 and in Paris in 1878.

Throughout the Victorian era, Copeland were celebrated for making an enormous range of wares, and for developing new types of ceramic such as Parian, which is a porcelain that does not require glazing and resembles marble.

In the 20th Century, Copeland became popular for producing certain distinctive designs onto their ceramics, such as the ‘Christmas Tree’ which was immensely popular. They also reflected growing trends at the time, including the Art Deco style and Modernism.

Copeland were also renowned for producing the finest Bone China in the world. The company passed out of the Copeland family in 1966, when it became known once again as Spode Ltd.