A Spode Rome or Tiber pattern blue and white transfer printed pearlware rectangular plate or dish dating from circa 1820. This highly decorative and collectable antique blue and white transfer ware small rectangular platter, plate or stand has an underglaze blue printed mark on the back with the name Spode, the renowned maker from Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England. There also is the astrological sign for Mars, also in underglaze blue.
The pattern which was introduced by Spode in 1811 shows a view of the River Tiber, the Castle of St. Angelo, Bridge of St. Angelo, and St. Peter's Cathedral. Also shown is Trajan's Column, between the castle and the church, but this is misplaced and does not appear there in reality.
This scene is based on two aquatints by J. Merigot and R. Edwards published in "Views and Ruins in Rome and it's Vicinity" in 1798, the engravings for this design are considered to be amongst Spode's finest.
This platter is in very good antique condition with a small frit to the front (from manufacture) and a tiny chip to the rim on the right hand side. This is a lovely example of antique blue and white transfer ware by a highly regarded and collected factory - ideal to add to any collection.
Height 1 inch ( 2.5 cm)
Width 6.5 inches (16.5 cm)
Overall Length 9.5 inches (24 cm)
Weight 329 grammes unpacked