Extremely Rare Childs Pratt Relief Decorated Pearlware Tea Set
“POOR MARIA” & “MOTHER WITH CHILD”
Staffordshire c. 1800
This rare child size or miniature tea set comprises a straight-spouted lidded teapot standing 4-1/4 inches tall; a covered sugar box standing 3-1/2 inches tall, and a cream pitcher or milk jug, standing 2-3/4 inches tall. The set has a relief decorated body and half ball finials on the lids. Molded acanthus leaves and a floral motif with sprigged central images of ‘Poor Maria’ (with dog) and ‘Mother & Child’, all hand decorated underglaze with high temperature Pratt enamel colors of olive green cobalt blue sepia and ochre polychrome hand painted decoration on creamy earthenware, with blue slip outline on the rims, finished with pearlware glaze. An extremely rare child size set of late 18th century folk art ceramics from England. One example of a ‘very small pearlware teapot c1800’ identical to this one is shown on page 225 of John and Griselda Lewis’ book Prattware 1780-1840. We are unaware of any other known examples of the complete 3 piece set. This set has been in a private collection for more than 30 years.
The set was made in Staffordshire or possibly Leeds or Yorkshire in England in the style that exemplifies the wares that were exported to Pennsylvania. Typically the set is unmarked. A very early antique decorative earthy diminutive covered box. The set is in great condition with invisible professional restoration to one side of the teapot and the lid and a small professional restoration on the rim of the sugar, and no chips cracks or other repairs. Ponded pearlware glaze, minor glaze flaking, adding to the authenticity and charm of this very early set. Offered as is. A wonderful early miniature prattware set perfectly elegant in its simplicity in a stunning earthy pattern to add to any AAFA Americana advanced collection.