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[mass noun] Fine pottery or porcelain made at the factories of the English potter Josiah Spode (1755–1827) or his successors, characteristically consisting of ornately decorated and gilded services and large vases.
- ‘When Thomas Minton first set up business in 1793 it was to make unmarked ceramics in transfer patterns that are often mistaken for Spode, Coalport and Worcester.’
- ‘Georgian and Victorian ‘china’ makers from Spode to Sevres fudged by adding extra and easier fluxes like bone ash and gypsum.’
- ‘The china was Spode, and the pieces of Spode were thrown out with the garbage to save time and comply with the tight schedule of catering trucks and commercial buses speeding in and out without collision.’
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