Rare Pair of Spode Porcelain Serpent Vases
the globular bodies painted in the Kakiemon manner with exotic birds standing beside ornamental fences and flowering branches, the tall necks with further long-tailed birds in flight, each vase applied with two tall serpent ear-handles, with very old stapled repairs to one.
Alfred Gresham Copeland, Robert Copeland (1925-2010), and thence by descent.
Spode Bicentenary Exhibition, Royal Academy, 1970
Northern Ceramic Society, Hanley Museum, 1989.
An identical single vase is held in the collection of Victoria and Albert Museum, Accession No. 379-1899 gifted in memory of Josiah Spode. (illustrated)