Rare Childs White Ironstone 21pc Dinner Set
1840 OPAQUE PORCELAIN with Painted Blue Edge
Charles Meigh Staffordshire England c. 1825
This is a rare white ironstone miniature dinner service c1825. The set is pure white with painted blue decorative edge and trim, finished with pearlware glaze. The form of the set indicates an early period of children's pottery. Finely made, to the standards usually only found in full-size Staffordshire table wares, the tiny set is an elegant mixture of formality and whimsy. An identical set with a gilt rim is illustrated on page 129 of Lorraine Punchard's book `Playtime Pottery & Porcelain (UK/US)'.
The set is marked `Opaque Porcelain', the early name for ironstone. The set was made by Charles Meigh, a well known pottery maker in the Staffordshire region of England from the period of 1820-1860.
The set comprises: Two tureens with lids and undertrays standing 3 1/2" tall, 4 1/2" across; - Vegetable tureen base (original cover missing), 4” across, 2 1/2" tall’ - Gravy pitcher, 3 1/4" long, 2" tall; - Platter or meat plate 5 1/8" long with flat bottom – three pie plates, 3” in diameter, flat bottom (1 with tight hairline); - three side plates, 3 1/16" in diameter, flat bottom (1 with hairline and kiln fry); and - Six dinner plates, 3 3/4" in diameter, flat bottom.
The set is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs other than the insignificant issues mentioned above. A few dots of kiln dust, stilt marks and other typical firing imperfections, original to the making and typical of the period. Glaze crazing and slight patina on a few pieces consistent with age and prior use. A great little toy dinner set to display in the finest ceramic collection or dollhouse! The tiny pieces are doll sized works of art, suitable for display and play.