19th C. Historical Staffordshire Transferware Plate “Rochester Castle”
Staffordshire transferware plate manufactured by Ralph & James Clews in the Foliage Border series, c. 1825.
Dimensions: Approximately 7⅞” diameter.
The rim is decorated with an outer band of scrolls and with trees and other foliage that bleed into the central scene of featuring individuals in the foreground and the castle towers in the background.
The reverse has the impressed Clews mark.
Rochester Castle was first built in 1086 to protect a bridge across this river, and two years later, was held in a siege by nobles rebelling against King William II. Following their surrender, it was replaced by the present castle by the militant Bishop of Rochester, Gundulf. He was so capable a builder that the Norman keep, seen in this pattern, remains today despite more major sieges in 1215 & 1264.
“The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. I” by Coysh and Henrywood.
Condition: Some staining on reverse; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.