First introduced c.1809, the ‘Caramanian’ series represent one of Spode’s most popular early 19th century pattern ranges.
The designs were taken from the second volume of a three-part
work entitled Views in Egypt, Palestine and the Ottoman
Empire published in 1803.
Dinner plates decorated in one of these patterns are not too
difficult to find with £100-150 in your pocket but
Clevedon Salerooms of Bristol offered something more unusual in
their sale on September 25.
Estimated at £600-900 in a good ceramics section was a
Caramanian two-handled pot pourri, 10in (25cm) high, the
body applied with a scene identified as a Colossal Sarcophagus
near Castle Rosso, the pierced cover with the Sarcophagi
and Sepulchres at the Head of the Harbour at Cacamo and
the inner lid with the Ancient Bath at Cacamo.
All pieces carried blue printed marks and were in good condition
save some minor chips to the rims. Discovered by the auctioneers in
a local property, it sold to a dealer - thought to be acting as
agent for a private collector - for £5000.
Another fine example of early 19th century blue and white
transfer printed pottery was a c.1830 meat dish, 20in (51cm)
across, by Poutney & Goldney printed with a scene of
Bristol Harbour with Redcliff Church and the ship
David. It sold at £850 to a buyer from North Wales.
The buyer's premium was 15%.