Spode first introduced The Hunt pattern, also known as the Herring Hunt, in or around 1930. The Hunt was hugely popular and was produced as dinner services and tea services, as well as in several versions on both bone china and earthenware.
The most famous scenes today, as seen in the pieces in my collection below, were derived from drawings and paintings by J. F. Herring (1795-1865) who found himself in debt to W. T. Copeland, the owner of the Spode company. A keen racing man Copeland commissioned Herring to paint his racehorses, pictures of fox hunting and scenes of rural life incorporating horses. It is from these paintings that most of the scenes for The Hunt are featured.
The pieces below are from The Hunt patterns on earthenware 2/9265 (scalloped green band) where the decoration was transfer printed and then hand-colored, intended to be reminiscent of hand-colored sporting prints. In 1947 the number of the varied centers for the design was reduced and The Hunt was discontinued completely in the mid-1990s.
Spode' The Hunt remains a highly collectible pattern and pieces are scarce as most collectors don't part with them.