Early Staffordshire Transferware Miniature Toy Dinner Set Platter GARDEN SPORTS ~ BIRDS NEST DISCOVERY
William Adams Staffordshire, England c1835
This is an exquisite miniature Staffordshire transferware platter or meat plate, originally part of a complete children doll house dinner service circa 1835.
The tiny platter measures 4 3/4" long and 3 3/4" across with a flat bottom scalloped rim and vine of Christmas holly border.
Transfer printed in forest green with a light pearlglaze, the platter is decorated with a winsome and whimsical designs from the GARDEN SPORTS series, depicting boys discovering a birds nest in the fern bed forested garden.
The platter is unmarked. Other pieces in this pattern are sometimes marked with the pattern name and/or an impressed ADAMS mark of the maker, William Adams, a Staffordshire potter c. 1835. This popular early pattern, discussed in Petra Williams Staffordshire Romantic Transfer Patterns, was later made in miniature size child's teasets and toy dinner wares.
The platter was finely made for its size and has no chips cracks or repairs. Fine glaze crazing, transfer imperfections, mismatched border ends all orginal to the making. An earthy motif and finely engraved whimsical design making a pocket sized work of art. Ready for Christmas!