China, Pottery & Porcelain


Spode Marks
About Spode
Spode is a Stoke-on-Trent based pottery company that was founded by Josiah Spode (1733-1797) in 1770. Josiah Spode earned renown for perfecting under-glaze blue transfer printing in 1783-1784 – a development that led to the launch in 1816 of Spode’s Blue Italian range which has remained in Read more


The Project Gutenberg EBook of British Manufacturing Industries, by
L. Arnoux and Professor Barff and J. H. Pollen

This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with
almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or
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QuickFacts :: Introduction to pottery and porcelain

You may be familiar with it as ‘china’, but the ceramics category of antiques covers a surprisingly wide area of collecting, from functional pottery wares to highly prized pieces of porcelain.
Ceramics can be broadly divided into two main groups: pottery, which is opaque when held to the light; and Read more

Gray’s Pottery Designs

Many Gray’s Pottery designs, notably during the 1950s, used print images which may or may not be enamelled, but which carry the name of a person, place, event etc. The list below is of designs which include some text, most especially as a title or heading. Some of the words may have Read more

Henry Heath Lithographer Gray’s Pottery

Henry Heath was a draughtsman, an etcher of political caricatures and a lithographer, who switched from etching to lithography in 1831 (information © Trustees of the British Museum). He worked as an engraver from about 1824-30. An advertisement in the London Literary Gazette of 1831 (No 742, April 9th, Read more

Backstamps: history of Gray’s Pottery

Pictured top: The N Clipper backstamp used on all wares between 1931 and 1961 with minor variations.
Gray’s Pottery used many backstamps throughout the life of the company. 53 of them are included on this website but only 20 represent significantly different versions. However, of these, just six form major Read more

Biscuit porcelain figure c1851

This figure was made from the Great Exhibition of 1851 by one of the greatest French makers, Giles.
It is made from biscuit porcelain and the inclusion of a broken pitcher in the arms of the figure signifies a loss of innocence or virginity.
Did you know? Crystal Palace, constructed of Read more