This attractive 9" soup plate has an octagonal indented rim. The pattern is called "Gothic Castle", but there are touches of Chinoiserie in both the main pattern and on the border. The border features vignettes of Chinese figures and wild animals.
The pattern was introduced about 1812 and was in production until about 1820. According to Coysh & Henrywood in their "Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery", "Pieces of this pattern, unlike most Spode wares, are often found unmarked". So we are lucky to have found this clearly marked example!
This plate is impressed "SPODE 27", and has a workman's blue painted tally mark along the side. Spode often used an impressed number below the impressed factory mark to identify the workman and team who made the piece. This impressed mark was used from 1770 to 1833. I date this plate about 1820.
This soup plate is in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing, and no repairs. It rings when tapped.