Miniature Historical Child's Miniature Toy Dinner Set Meat Platter
KITE FLIER attributed to Hackwood Staffordshire England c.1820
This is an extremely rare dark blue historical toy pearlware dinner set platter. The tiny oval serving plate measures 4-1/16 inches long with a footless bottom, finely potted of earthenware. This miniature work of art is decorated with a hand applied scene in a cemetery with a child flying a kite and another rolling a hoop, while an old gentleman stands beside a gravestone, zig-zag border detail. Taken from an Americana woodcut engraving by Thomas Bewick, it has also been said that the image may be Ben Franklin. The pattern is known most commonly as "Kite Flyer", but it is also referred to as “Franklin’s Kite” "Crabbed Age and Youth," "Old Age and Careless Youth".
Like all pieces in this pattern, the plate is unmarked, and the maker is not known with certainty, though it is attributed to Hackwood or Rogers (some attribute it to Sewell), all esteemed potteries in the Staffordshire and Tyneside regions of England in the early to mid 1800s.
The platter is in great condition, with no cracks, chips, or repairs. The photos show the details. Minor kiln dust glaze pops and stilt marks, original to the making. It has glaze crazing and minor patina on the reverse side. The quality of the form and detailing of the image is far superior to what would be expected on this diminutive sized piece. Displays perfectly as shown with strong clear transfer printing. A nice example of the best in children's or dollhouse historical Staffordshire pearlware transferware. Offered as is.