Rare Pearlware Child's Miniature Dinner Service
MONASTERY INSTITUTION ON THE HILL
Cockson & Harding late Hackwood Staffordshire England c.1830
This is stunning and scarce set of historical Staffordshire toy dishes, c. 1830. A total of 40 pieces (plus lids) comprise this children's dollhouse dinner set transfer printed in a rich cobalt blue with a pearlware glaze.
The set includes:
* large lidded soup tureen with underplate 3-1/2 inches (chip on foot, emerging hairline inside) * 2 gravy pitchers 1-1/2 inches * lidded vegetable 2 inches * open saladier 2-1/2 inches * 5 graduated platters 2-1/2 inches - 4-1/2 inches * 10 dinner plates 3-1/4 inches (1 hairline, 2 backrim chips) * 10 luncheon/pie plates 2-3/4 inches (1 hairline) * 9 soups 3-1/4 inches (1 tight hairline, 1 foot rim nick)
Some of the pieces are unmarked, some are marked Hackwood, and some are marked Cockson & Harding/C&H/late Hackwood, which suggests it was a made during the transition in the factory, or possibly a marriage of 2 partial sets. The set dates to the 1830-40s. The maker was William Hackwood an esteemed pottery maker in the Staffordshire district of England in the 1830s. The quality of the form and detailing of the engraved image is far superior to what would be expected on these diminutive sized pieces.
The set was impeccably potted and finely detailed, depicting a farmer and his cow walking at the foot of a hill, with a humble cottage in the foreground and a church monastery at the top of the hill. Morning glories and lilies on a vine wind around the border. The pattern name is most commonly known as Monastery Hill , also referred to as Monastery on the Hill and/or Institution.
The set is in great condition, with only the minor condition issues mentioned above and no other chips, cracks or repairs. Glaze ponding and minor imperfections original to the making and typical of these early wares, but outstanding overall considering age and scarcity of the form and pattern. Marked signed examples are hard to come by. The tiny set is a miniature work of art, and will make a fine addition to any collection of childrens wares or miniature doll house transferware.
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