Born of the economics of a World War, Spaulding China Company produced classic mid-century figural planters, birds, figurines and ceramic items of all kinds until the late 1950s. Yet few people have ever heard the name Spaulding. Now known almost exclusively by the name of the most popular line, Royal Copley, it is among the most well known and collected of any art pottery. It is the epitome of “Mid Century” design.
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Spaulding China Company operated from 1942 to 1957 in Sebring, Ohio. Marketed based on titles chosen to denote levels of “sophistication” the merchandise was all of very high quality. “Royal Windsor” and “Spaulding” were marketed to high end shops and department stores. 85% of the product was marketed as “ Royal Copley”, and sold to affordable “dime stores” and chains like Woolworth’s. The name Royal Copley has survived to represent all of the products of Spaulding, and an entire class of pottery.
Fantastic 40s and 50s design, Royal Copley was a huge decorating trend then, and is the epitome of “Midcentury” now. One of today's most sought after collectibles, it can be challenging as not all Royal Copley was marked. What a pity that the only company records were destroyed by fire. The right resources are a must for the collector, or even someone looking for that special item to finish their retro decorating project.
Many early pieces had a green or gold stamp under the glaze. Many, but not all, have raised or embossed lettering. Although it is a certainty every single item left the factory with a foil stamp denoting either Spaulding, Royal Windsor or Royal Copley, most of those labels are long gone after countless cleanings. It is important to remember, labels can be moved to other items! The right resources for identification are an absolute must for the collector.
What a shame that no company records exist. What is certain is the designers and decorators had immense talent. Hundreds of different designs and thousands of molds. People, animals and birds of every kind. Dogs and cats, wall pockets, vases, bowls and lamps. Plaques and planters, bears, bunnies and baby items. French country kitchen to Art Deco sophistication. Some collect it all and others only one category. A design for every taste.
Vibrant colors and deep sparkling glaze expertly applied to the still fresh designs make these 70 year old items appear to be new. The decorating staff of exclusively women were trained to apply the airbrushed colors and just the perfect amount of brushwork to bring alive the emotion of the human figural pieces, and make the animals seem to be alive with motion and expression. Royal Copley has definitive and recognizable decoration not matched by other producers.