1830s "Spanish Beauties" Deakin & Sons Transferware Blue White Platter
#AD244: Queen Isabella II Spanish Beauties Platter
An intricately designed blue & white 16 inch English pottery Staffordshire transferware meat plate or dish, ashet or platter with the beautiful "Spanish Beauties" mark on bottom. This cartouche mark is well executed with a graphic gryphon and turret design. The gryphon is a mystical creature with the body of a lion and the head and wings of an eagle, known to protect and guard important treasure. The turret in the mark is of that seen on top of a medieval castle.
In the platter's center vignette, a woman sits on large pillows, on a intricate and lushly designed garden settee presumably in Spain. Is this Spanish royalty? A queen? We believe so! A younger child and her whippet dog sits to the left of the older woman, with a male attendant in Renaissance style doublet shirt and breeches stands by.
Our hypothesis is that the child in the scene is Spain's Isabella II 1830-1904, Queen of Spain from 1833 until 1868. She came to the throne as a toddler and was the the eldest daughter of King Ferdinand VII of Spain, and his fourth wife, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, who became regent in 1833, when their daughter Isabella was proclaimed queen at her father, King Ferdinand's death. They had no surviving sons.
We believe this "Spanish Beauties" pattern refers to this royal mother and daughter team in the 1830's, who were in power then. The scene is of an elite Georgian era romantic garden view with distant palace buildings of oriental or Moorish and Moslem influenced architectural design. This style and history is well known in Spanish architecture, as evidenced by the long Moorish rule in Spain for over 800 years.
The figures, in elegant and elite formal dress, sit by an ornate garden gazebo, with a draped statue as was seen in Ferdinand's court nearby. There are lush flowers, trees, a river, hills in the distance and an assembly of musical instruments on the ground at their feet, such as a horn, and a bodhran drum.
There is another version of this transferware scene on our site, a similar pattern plate, where the attendant is playing a lute type instrument, entertaining the two. You can see it here. The broad, decorative rim has intricate floral and botanical embellishments, with a repeating architectural building or royal court pattern, see photos. This is in dark navy blue & white transferware detail on a clean white earthenware base.
The pattern has been attributed to Deakin & Sons, although it has also been documented as called the "Sevilla" pattern. It has been seen with an early "Royal Manufactory" mark, which may also be a Deakin mark. In the 1999 Schiffer book entitled "Encyclopedia of Marks on American, English, and European Earthenware, Ironstone, and Stoneware 1780-1980", authors Arnold & Dorothy Kowalsky state that "Deakin & Sons" is the only maker of this pattern.
Deakin Pottery was located at the Waterloo Works in Lane End, Staffordshire, England, first opening as "Waterloo Pottery" in 1815-1822 Georgian period by "Batkin & Deakin", aka Thomas Batkin and James Deakin. The firm changed, as most of the early potteries did, and becoming "Waterloo Pottery: Batkin, Dale & Deakin" in 1822, to "Deakin & Bailey" from 1828 to 1832, and later as "Deakin & Son", "James Deakin & Son" and "James Deakin & Co." (Note: this is not to be confused with the famous Sheffield England Silversmith company known as "James Deakin & Son") The Deakin pottery factory disbanded in the 1860's.
This old platter is in exceptionally lovely condition, clean and bright, with no chips, cracks or repairs. Made between the years of 1833-1841, it coincides perfectly with Queen Isabella II's early childhood life on the throne. These two "Spanish Beauties" would have been all the news in Europe at the time.
This rare piece was found in Chester, Cheshire, England, which sits on the River Dee and close to Wales border. There is all over uniform age crazing, which is a given. Click images to see condition in close up views. A lovely 185 year old original antique platter. See other piece on our site.
Size: 16 inches x 12.75 inches
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