Childs Blue Transferware Miniature Toy Plate Trio
PICKING FLOWERS ~ EATING APPLES ~ BLIND MAN'S BLUFF
Gien Luneville, France c1900
This is stunning trio of toy transferware ceramic plates, originally part of a complete miniature childrens or dolls dinner service. The plates each measure 4-3/8” in diameter, two flat and one with a deep center well, transfer printed in deep blue against a creamy earthenware blank. The dish resembles the transferware made in the Staffordshire region of England in the early to mid 19th century, but were made by Gien, one of the faienceries in the Luneville region of France. The underside is marked "Porcelaine Opaque de Gien" around a crown and castle.
The set is decorated with the image of a favorite childrens outfoor amusements -- picking flowers, eating apples, and playing Blind Man's Bluff, a delightful subject to find on these early toys dishes. The plate shows boys making snow balls and throwing them at each other. The plate is titled ‘L'Hiver’ (Winter). The plates are finished with a leaf printed border. The plates are in great condition with no chips, cracks stains or repairs. Overall fine glaze crazing original to the making consistent with age and typical of the period. Impeccably potted with transfers printed with great attention to detail.
These delightful images are a fabulous little treat, simply irresistible in their miniature size. A perfect addition to every country kitchen or doll house cupboard.