Two Copeland and Garrett special presentation cabinet cups
Lot 615
Two Copeland and Garrett special presentation cabinet cups and salvers, dated 1833
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Two Copeland and Garrett special presentation cabinet cups and salvers, dated 1833
Made for Mr Copeland and Mr Garrett as commemorative pieces using the bones collected after a celebration dinner in 1833, finely painted with garlands of flowers and fruit and scattered butterflies reserved upon a turquoise ground framing armorials, the undersides of the salvers elaborately inscribed in gold with the details of the event, one prestented to 'THOs GARRETT ESQ', the other to 'W,T,COPELAND ESQ'ALD.MP', the stands: 20.3cm diam, the cups: 17cm high (4)


  • The signing of the partnership agreement in 1834 was celebrated by an ox roast in Stoke-on-Trent hosted by two local inns. As the roasting flames were extinguished, somebody had the ingenious idea of gathering up the remaining ox bones and turning them into bone china. From the special clay, four souvenirs were created. Two punchbowls were made for the Talbot Inn and the Wheatsheaf Inn, while a slaver and a matching cup was made for each partner.

    William Copeland's cup remained in the Copeland family and was previously housed at Kibblestone Hall. Thomas Garrett's cup was purchased at Puttick and Simpson in 1930 for £13. It was previously in the T.G.Cannon collection and sold at Christie's 31 January 1918 for 18 guineas. The Garrett cup and salver was illustrated by Cannon in his book, Old Spode (1925), pl.56. Cannon recorded that it was very much admired by Queen Alexandra at an exhibition of Old Spode, and would have been presented to her but for the fact it was previously sold. The Garrett cup and salver is also illustrated by Vega Wilkinson, Copeland (2000), p.5

    The Copeland cup and salver is illustrated by Arthur Hayden, Spode and His Successors (1925), op. p.178 and by Vega Wilkinson, The Copeland China Collection (1989), p.19, fig.S156 and in Spode-Copeland-Spode (2002), p.59, col. pl.27. The punchbowl for the Wheatsheaf Inn is also in the Copeland Collection and has been retained by the Copeland family
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