The Fereday service, Susan Knop and Michel Reymond

Vol 37 no 1, February 2015
Article from Vol 37 no 1, February 2015

The Fereday service, Susan Knop and Michel Reymond


The Fereday service is a rare example of armorial porcelain tableware relating to colonial Australia, bearing the name, position and crest of the owner Dudley Fereday, first Sheriff of Van Diemen’s Land (1823–33) (plate 1). Although none of the surviving pieces bears a mark identifying the manufacturer, the ware has previously been attributed to Spode, despite not being known Spode shapes. A recent discovery in Tasmania has uncovered the English porcelain factory which made the Fereday table service.

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