Rare Pair of Childs Spongeware Stencil Miniature Toy Plates
Tartarin de Tarascon the Curious Rambler
Creil-Montereau, France c1920
This is a rare pair of doll toy spongeware plates, originally part of a complete miniature children's dinner service. The plates measure 3-1/8 inch and 3-7/8 inches respectively.
The images are based on the adventures of Tartarin de Tarascon, the comical, bumbling, curious rambler of French folklore. The plates feature two characters in this amusing story…a backpacker or hiking explorer and a very large ostrich….imagine their surprise when they met up with each other. The humorous images are stenciled in bright yellow-orange with black detailing, and the rim of the plate is decorated with black sponged paint.
The pattern name is unknown but is referred to in English as EXPLORER. The set was made Montereau (formerly and subsequently Creil-Montereau), one of the faienceries in the France. The plates bear only random impressed letters, mostly unreadable.
The plates are in great condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Light overall crazing consistent with age. This little set was impeccably potted and the stencil was applied with a good deal of attention to detail. Children's spongeware or spatter ware of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after. The image of the hiker and the huge bird is simply delightful. The set will make a great addition to your collection of children's dishes.