Spode has been a prolific producer of lovely ceramics since 1776, when the original company was incorporated.  I have a lot of their wares, from antiques, to vintage, to the very modern.


I’ve long loved a particular pattern of theirs, Chanticleer, but it’s scarcer than hen’s teeth, as the saying goes. The blue pebbled background and the vivid colours of the rooster and flowers is very appealing. I have only a small plate, cup, creamer and sugar bowl in the pattern and have been eagerly looking for more pieces on eBay and the like, so far without luck. The partial service in the gallery above was sold at auction in Tunbridge Wells, England some time ago. Grrrrr. If only I’d known at the time…


Although thwarted in my acquisition of Chanticleer, I was very pleased to find these 10 dinner plates in a similar pattern at Elise Abrams Antiques. It doesn’t seem to have a name, so we just call it “Spode All Over Green”. The featured birds are peacocks, I believe, and the styling of the peonies renders this pattern a bit more exotic than the more down to earth Chanticleer, with its humble rooster.


The multiple colours of the pattern offers lots of choice in styling the table. In this instance, I chose to focus on the clear pink of the peonies on the plate, which was echoed in the tulips as centrepieces.


The green glasses are Colonial Dame by Fostoria.  The robust emerald green is very striking and has proved surprisingly versatile. I’ve ended up using it a lot in styling tables this spring.



The “nest” napkin rings from Ballard Designs carried on with the bird theme.

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The salt cellar, featuring a dog carrying buckets, is also from Ballard Designs.  It has to be a golden retriever, don’t you think?  I couldn’t resist!



And of course, the tulips.  I can’t wait for spring.  It’s coming!  It was 55 degrees F here this week in Ontario. Unheard of, and very, very welcome.

I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.