The shape of this dish indicates that it was probably part of a "pickle set" of dishes that could be arranged closely on a tray.
The transfer pattern is Spode's "Gothic Castle", and combines elements of Chinoiserie with European motifs. The building shown is a castle in a landscape, and the small cartouches on the flange show deer, horses and additional landscapes.
No maker's mark (according to Coysh, pieces of this pattern were often unmarked); a printed mark on the back was probably an engraver's or other workman's symbol. Size: Approximately 11" long, 9.125" wide, 1.5" deep.
Condition: Very good. One point has a fissure that appears to have happened during manufacture, and is now stained. Light crazing to glaze. No other chips, cracks or repairs.
Note that I try to be conservative about condition descriptions, carefully noting any flaws. Of course, with antique items, there will be some signs of usage, and/or manufacturing defects. But overall, my customers have always been pleasantly surprised upon receiving their items, and of course, returns are no problem if I happen to miss anything.
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