Wicker Dale teacup pattern

A charmer with Jane Austen appeal

If ever there was a teacup that screamed ‘Emma Woodhouse,’ this pattern by Copeland Spode has to be it. Named Wicker Dale, it’s a delicate, but lively floral pattern on fluted porcelain with a basket weave pattern around the top outer third.

Spode Wicker Dale saucer

Spode pottery was established by Josiah Spode in the late 18th century. In 1833, the company was bought by William Copeland and Thomas Garrett and the potter’s mark was changed to Copeland Spode.
Why Garrett didn’t get his name included, I know not.

Copeland Spode teacup

The Wicker Dale pattern was made from around 1892 – 1974 and was one of the first patterns to be put into the Chelsea Wicker shape.

A 1961 catalog described it like this – “The subdued colors call to mind an English village road at dusk with a flowering vine twining among the hedgerows.”

Although this pattern was created after Jane Austen’s heroine Emma was already in between the pages, this cheerful floral cup looks exactly like something she would enjoy sipping from!

Recommended movie or book to sip to:
Well, Emma of course, by Jane Austen.
For watching, either the BBC version or the big screen film with Gwyneth Paltrow. I’m partial to the GP version, but that was the first one I ever saw and maybe that’s why.
There’s one with Kate Beckinsale as well, but I’ve not seen it.