Staffordshire Childs Miniature Dinner Service Green BIRDS WITH FRUIT & BUTTERFLY Staffordshire England c. 1840
This is a very scarce transfer printed childs miniature partial dinner service, originally part of a complete dinner set made for childs play or to accessorize an elegant pre-Victorian dollhouse. Exquisite earthy and winsome, a beautiful example of early 19th century miniature transferware.
Finely molded with gently scalloped rims and elegant forms. Rich earthy decoration finished with pearlware glaze, to the standards usually only seen in full-size Staffordshire table wares. Decorated with exotic eastern pheasants or oriental birds and a butterfly on tree branches hovering over an abundant bowl of fruit, bordered with contrasting dotted chain border trim.
The pieces in the set are unmarked. There is some uncertainty about the origin of this pattern. According to Doris Lechler's book English Toy China the pattern name is "Asiatic Birds" attributed to the maker is Charles Meigh, a well known pottery maker in the Staffordshire region of England from 1835-1849. We have also seen the pattern attributed to Davenport during the same period. The pattern is documented by Lechler as pattern #223. The pattern is also discussed on page 113 in Milbourn's Understanding Miniature British Pottery & Porcelain.
The set consists of 32 pieces, mostly plates and flat serving pieces. The set is in overall great condition as described below. The set is comprised of: •10 dinner plates and 6 soup plates, 3-3/4” in diameter • 6 luncheon plates, 3-1/4” in diameter • 6 bread plates, 2-3/4” in diameter • 3 graduated platters, 5-1/2” long, 5” long, and 4-1/2” long • 1 oval open vege dish, 3-1/4” long with moulded end handles.
As described above, the set is in overall excellent condition with no chips cracks ore repairs. Minor transfer wrinkles and other typical firing imperfections original to the making. Some wear and age patina on only a few pieces. An extremely hard to find set, a true doll size set to finish a Victorian Christmas display and a perfect addition to an advanced collection of miniature transferware. A superb example and rare example.