Miniature Historical Child's Miniature Toy Dinner Set Tureen
KITE FLIER attributed to Hackwood Staffordshire England c.1820
This is a rare dark blue historical toy pearlware dinner set vegetable tureen or serving bowl. The tiny oval piece measures 4 1/8” long with a footless bottom, finely potted of earthenware. This miniature work of art is decorated with a hand applied scene in a cemetery with a child flying a kite and another rolling a hoop, while an old gentleman stands beside a gravestone which reads 'In the memory of...(unreadable), with zig-zag border detail. Taken from a woodcut engraving by Thomas Bewick, it has also been said that the image may be Ben Franklin. The pattern is known most commonly as "Kite Flyer", but it is also referred to as “Franklin’s Kite” "Crabbed Age and Youth," "Old Age and Careless Youth". Like all pieces in this pattern, the bowl is unmarked, and the maker is not known with certainty, though it is attributed to Hackwood or Rogers (some attribute it to Sewell), all esteemed potteries in the Staffordshire and Tyneside regions of England in the early to mid 1800s. The quality of the form and detailing of the image is far superior to what would be expected on this diminutive sized piece.
The tureen is in great condition, with no cracks, chips, or repairs. The photos show the details. Minor kiln dust and stilt marks on various pieces, original to the making. Displays perfectly as shown. A nice example of the best in children's or dollhouse historical Staffordshire pearlware transferware.