This rare and attractive blue and white supper set segment and cover is topped with an interesting lion's head knop. The pattern is an early Chinoiserie floral pattern called "Basket". It can be seen in the Transferware Collectors Club data base, and other places on the internet. The set dates c 1815. The pattern and an illustration of the knop can also be seen in Geoffrey H. Priestman's "An Illustrated Guide to Minton Printed Pottery".
The 2 part set is 12" wide at its widest point. Both pieces are in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, and no repairs. There are no utensil marks. There is a tiny glaze flake near the lion's right eyebrow. Both pieces ring when tapped.
Neither piece is marked except for the hand painted shape numbers: "71" on the cover, and "75" on the dish.
I have seen supper segment pieces used to great decorative effect when hung on a wall with other ceramics. They make a nice change from all of those round shapes!
Note: I have two of these covered segments available. The price listed is for one . I also have for sale a matching diamond- shaped pickle dish in this pattern.