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The Italian pattern, aka: Blue Italian & Spode’s Italian, was introduced by Spode in about 1816 & was in continuous production until the closure of the factory in 2009. The design was immediately popular & remained a best seller. Publications of prints of scenes associated with the Grand Tour were most likely the inspiration for many patterns produced at the start. A Spode catalogue from the 1920s/1930s records over 700 different shapes available - quite a feat of production.