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.