This attractive small 7-1/4" Pearlware plate has a lot going on: There are monk-like figures conversing, and one monk(?) heading up stairs into the mouth of a cave. The castle in the background is flying its flag at half-mast. What does it all mean?
The dark blue & white plate is in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing and no repairs. There are some glaze skips on the back (done in the making). The plate rings when tapped (as well as earthenware ever rings). It is marked on the back with the letter "B" printed in blue. The maker is unknown. I date this plate pre-1825.
According to the admirable Transferware Collectors Club's database: "This is a variation on the Caramanian Castle pattern made by Spode as well as its successor Copeland & Garrett, but it has a floral border rather than the border of exotic animals used on Spode's Caramanian series.
Caramania refers to the ancient name for an area on the southern coast of Turkey now known as the "turquoise coast". All of the principal patterns in the series are included in this database, although Spode also produced several variations on the patterns. The series was first produced c. 1809.
Spode's Caramanian Castle pattern and this variation appear to have no source print. The Transferware Collectors Club has assigned the name: "Caramanian Castle Variation" for this pattern."
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