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Rare Pearlware Flow Miniature Platter FRUIT BIRD BUTTERFLY 1830 Meigh Signed
Rare Flow Blue Childs Pearlware Miniature Dinner Set Platter Meat Plate ASIATIC BIRDS with FRUIT Charles Meigh Staffordshire England 1850
This is a very scarce miniature flow blue dinner set platter or meat palte dated 1850, originally part of a complete miniature children's dinner service. The tiny rectangular plate with rounded corners measures 4-1/2 inches long with a flat rimless base. Rich flow blue transfer printed decoration finished with pearlware glaze, extremely well potted, to the standards usually only seen in full-size Staffordshire table wares. Decorated with exotic Asiatic pheasants or oriental looking birds and a butterfly on tree branches and an abundant bowl of fruit, bordered with contrasting dotted bead border trim. Hard to find this pattern in flow blue.
The plate is marked with a rare fake 'chop' mark, a device used by Charles Meigh to market his wares in competition with early Chinese porcelain. The pattern is documented by Lechler as pattern #223. The pattern and is discussed on page 113 in Milbourn's Understanding Miniature British Pottery & Porcelain.
The platter is in great condition with no chips, cracks, or repairs. Stilt marks border transfer wrinkle and other typical manufacturing imperfections, original to the making, consistent with age. A delicate little piece to display in the finest dollhouse, a pocket size work of art! Children's soft paste transferware of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after. Offered as described and as shown.
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