This dark blue transfer plate from England is 9-1/4" in diameter. There are four plates, and you may purchase any number from 1-4. Each plate is marked on the back Phoenix/N.Castle. After much research I found the pattern name "Wild Rose" in the Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery 1780-1880, Vol. I, page 399 by Coysh and Henrywood. The name obviously refers to the border decoration. The pattern was extremely popular from the late 1830's to the 1850's and was made by many potters. This particular version was made by Bell, Cook & Co., Phoenix Pottery, Ouseburn, Northumberland and dates to about the 1840's.
"The print shows Nuneham Park house on the left, the seat of Earl Harcourt.... The main feature of the pattern is, however, the rustic bridge with the lock-keeper's thatched cottage. These were part of a riverside walk planned by Capability Brown.... Nuneham Courtenay was one of the most famous of all 18th century gardens."
Two of the plates are in excellent antique condition, no chips or cracks. The other two plates are in very good antique condition; one has a small rim chip that only shows on the back, and the other has a small chip on the foot on the back. The listed price is for one plate in excellent condition. Please inquire about a discount in price and shipping, if you purchase more than one plate.
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