Framed by an 18th century Chinese border, the central scene of Italian ruins was inspired by a 17th century drawing.
Launched in 1816, Blue Italian is one of the collections that secured the reputation of Spode as a leader in the ceramic industry.
In 1784 that Josiah Spode perfected the process of underglaze printing on earthenware with tissue paper transfers made from hand-engraved copper plates. Initially the designs were sympathetic reproductions of the Chinese porcelain that had been incredibly popular during the 1700s, but soon Josiah launched original designs such as Willow and Blue Italian.
Now considered a design icon, Blue Italian is inspired by scenes of the Italian countryside featuring remarkably detailed figures amongst Roman ruins and framed by an 18th century Imari Oriental border.