Rare Early Pearlware Childs Miniature Dinner Set
FLORAL CHINTZ SHEET PRINT
Charles Meigh Staffordshire England c.1835
This is a stunning 30 piece childs miniature toy set c. 1835. Originally part of a complete children's toy dinner service, the set is comprised of: • 5 dinner plates, 3 3/4” across • 6 soup plates, 3 3/4" across • 4 pie plates, 3” across • 2 open vegetable servers, octagonal, 3” across, 1/2" deep • 5 graduated platters, octagonal, 2 each @ 3 1/2" and 4 1/4", 1@ 5 1/4" long • 2 covered tureens with lid and 1 under tray, 3 1/2" tall, 4" across top rim • 2 vegetable bases (no lids), 5” diameter • Gravy boat or sauce pitcher 2” tall, 3 1/2" long and • 1 undertray, round handled, 5 1/2" round (chip on foot rim)
Decorated with an overall floral chintz medley of tiny primrose vine and fuchsia flowers on a 10-panel form. The pattern is especially earthy and beautiful in garden green with wisps of red and blue. The decoration was elaborately designed with impeccable detailing for the diminutive size of the piece. The pattern name is unknown. The pieces are unmarked. The pattern is attributed to Charles Meigh in the Staffordshire district in England in the early to mid-19th century.
The set is in great condition with only the minor issues mentioned above. No other chips, cracks or repairs. Mild patina to a couple of pieces, the rest are clean. Stilt marks, glaze ponding and other minor manufacturing flaws, original to the making, adding to the authenticity and not detracting from the beauty. The design is elegant and striking and will make a wonderful display and a rare addition to any collection of childrens or miniature dolls elegant table wares, pocket sized works of art.