The Trelissick Rhododendrons.
Ronald Copeland sent specimens from the gardens at Trelissick to the Spode manufactory, where Harold Holdway prepared the illustrations used on these wares. Six rhododendrons were initially chosen, Batemonii, Gwylt King, Augustinii, Fortunei, Dalhousii and Hodgsonii. Examples were presented to H.M. Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Trelissick in 2002.
Plate from a group of five large plates with the Trelissick Rhododendrons illustrated. It shows the 'Batemonii' rhododendron in an alternative colourway of violet and pink with an extra gold underleaf. It is marked with a green Spode mark on the reverse and is also marked with RS Copeland's personal inventory number. The group comprises one duplicate 'Gwylt King' plate and four plates in additional colourways from the Trelissick Rhododendrons ceramic collection.
Purchased by the National Trust from William Copeland via Bonhams at 'The Contents of Trelissick House including The Copeland China Collection' sale, Feock, near Truro, Cornwall, 23-24th July 2013, lot 733.
Trelissick House, The Copeland Collection (National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
Reverse, centre. : 'Spode / BONE CHINA / ENGLAND' in green ink. Reverse, bottom: Handwritten inventory number of R.S.Copeland 'RSC 548 L. Reverse, centre: Round white sticker with 'RSC/ 548/ L'
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