Chinese Rose Chinese Rose pattern was produced in a variety of versions with various pattern numbers.

In 1931, the most well-known version of the design on Spode's Imperial earthenware was devised and the pattern became a best-seller as Chinese Rose with pattern number 2/9253 and produced on earthenware.

At least 11 versions of the pattern are recorded in the Spode archive.

They used their Fine Stone body (ie Stone china - go to the S page to find out more).

The 1955 version was to be printed and then hand coloured.

The Spode company expanded their range of New Stone (successor to Stone China and later still referred to as Fine Stone) to include tea and coffee ware modelled after the popular Chinese shapes. A large selection of antique Spode patterns were offered on Lowestoft shape as well as many patterns copied from the 18th century Chinese design which had been made specifically for the American market.

Cabbage pattern had been reintroduced on earthenware in 1910-1911 (pattern numbers 2/6207 and 2/6347) and was later brought into the Lowestoft New Stone range in 1934 as pattern Y3936.

Cincinnati In 1955, Spode was commissioned by the Society of Cincinnati to make 200 plates matching a Chinese porcelain service made for George Washington 1784/5.

Click here for 'Presidential Porcelain from Washington to Winterthur' - a blog about the Chinese Porcelain service now part of the collection at Winterthur Museum.

The central design of Chinese Rose was copied from an old Spode pattern called India which in turn was derived from a Chinese porcelain pattern K'ang Hsi original of 1700-1722.

In the 19th century the term 'India' was a synonym for the Orient.

This version was printed in blue and coloured in a range of colours by hand.