Rare Doll's Miniature 34pc Dinner Service
FLOW BLUE DOGWOOD
Minton Staffordshire England c 1838
This is a very early miniature dinner set made for childs play or to accessorize an elegant Victorian dollhouse. The set is made of early English ironstone, transfer printed in deep cobalt flow blue in the Dogwood pattern. A beautiful example of early 19th century miniature flow blue made for tea party and doll house play.
Unmarked except for decorators’ tally signature and impressed date stamps. References in Lechler’s book English Toy China and Punchard’s book Playtime Pottery & Porcelain from the UK and US illustrates examples of the pattern, with added Iron Red Gaudy Flow embellishment, marked pattern 6772 and described by the authors as ‘rare’ and ‘exciting’. The set consists of 34 pieces. A handful of the pieces have early minor damage. These condition issues are described below. The set is comprised of:
• Covered soup tureen with lid and undertray, 3 1/2" tall, 5 1/2" long (tight line in the spoon slot_; • Covered sauce tureen with lid and undertray, 2 1/4” tall, 3 1/2” long; • 2 square covered vege tureens, 4” across, 3 3/4" tall (flake on underside edge of 1 lid); • Rectangular open vegetable server, 1” high, 4” across (broken and reglued); • 7 graduated platters, 7”, 3x6”, 2x5”, and 3 1/2" long ; • 8 dinner plates, 4” in diameter (1 broken in half and reglued; 1 with hairline, 3 with agelines, no chips); • 4 soup plates, 4” in diameter (2 with age lines, no chips); • 3 side plates, 3 1/4” in diameter; and • 3 cheese plates, 2 7/8” in diameter (1 age line, no chips).
As described above, the set was played with by generations of children and is in very good overall condition with only the minor lines and flakes stated above. Minor firing imperfections original to the making. An extremely hard to find set, a flow blue childs or doll size set to finish a Victorian dollhouse display. A superb, rare example.
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