A pair of molded edge porcelain dessert serving bowls, Spode circa 1814 with bat transferred fruit in the center. Pattern number 1686. Neither is marked, but the distinctive border of twined dolphins alternating with a large plant (?) is a Spode design. The pattern of fruits is currently made by Spode and called “Chatham.” The border is set off with a band of gilding at the rim and the inside edge. The bat transfer is an unusual color, almost brown at some angles and gold at others. The dishes are 8 3/8 inched diameter (21.5 cm).
Condition; No chips, cracks, hairlines or repairs. On both there is wear to the gilt rim and some small scratches to the surface. One has a small stacking wear spot and the other has a slight worn flaw in the porcelain.
Similar decoration can be seen on a marked ice pail at the Northern Ceramics Society exhibition of Staffordshire porcelain, available on line, item SP 20.