Spode China – The Peacock Pattern

An Early 19th Century Spode China Platter in the Peacock Pattern, Number 2118. Stoke-on-Trent, England, c.1820. Collection: Brett Ashmeade-Hawkins.

This exquisite Oriental Design was based on a unique Chinese Export Porcelain Dinner Service, originally made in Canton, China in the 18th Century for the King of Portugal. When King Joao VI and the Portuguese.Royal Family fled into exile in Brazil following Napoleon’s invasion of Portugal in 1807, they took the Royal Dinner Service with them. Unfortunately a number of pieces were broken during the long Voyage from Portugal to Brazil. Rather than order replacement pieces all the way from China, which would have taken as much as two or three years, King Joao VI specially commissioned the firm of Spode in Stoke on Trent, England to copy and replace the broken items. Spode agreed on the condition that they would later be allowed to reproduce the Pattern for their own customers and in 1813 the Peacock Pattern was first sold by Spode at their shop in London. It soon became one of Spode’s most fashionable and sought after Patterns during the Regency Period in England and has remained popular amongst the English Gentry to this day.