Early Child's Transferware Pearlware
BUTTERFLY & BUGS
Staffordshire England c. 1830
This is a rare miniature transferware child's miniature platter or meat plate, circa 1830-1835, originally part of a complete miniature children's dinner service. The little platter measures 5 1/2” long and 4 1/4” across, with a gently scalloped rim. Rich cobalt blue decoration finished with pearlware glaze, extremely well potted, to the standards usually only seen in full-size Staffordshire table wares. The piece is transfer printed in medium cobalt blue, decorated with a butterfly and a moth hunting for nectar and bugs in a field of flowers, a fine example of the early Victorian love of nature and the exotic. A naturalistic delight with botanical and lepidoptera appeal.
The maker and pattern name is unknown, but it was most likely made Staffordshire region of England in the early to mid-19th century. It has no maker's mark. A stunning piece.
The platter is in great condition no chips, cracks or repairs. Minor manufacturing imperfections including stilt marks in the well, original to the making. A rare miniature form, winsome and whimsical.
A wonderful Romantic floral transferware miniature, richly detailed in an earthy and festive pattern. A perfect gift for the butterfly lover in your life, for a doll collector or collector of early miniature dishes.
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