Rare Miniature Historical Childs Dinner Set 3.5 inch Platter
QUEEN OF SHEBA
Minton Staffordshire England c.1830
This is a very scarce dark blue historical toy platter or meat plate c. 1830., originally part of the complete dollhouse miniature dinner service. The tiny oval tray measures 3-1/2 inches long with a rimless bottom and hand cut scalloped rim, impeccably potted and finely transfer printed with pearlware glaze.
According to Coysh and Henrywood, this tiny piece of Chinoiserie, with elements of gothic and classical design, depicts a Queen escorted by a blackamoor holding a parasol and 2 children holding her train. Doris Lechler, in her book ‘English Toy China’, attributes the pattern to Spode. According to the Transferware Collectors Club and others, it would have been made by Minton. It dates to 1820-1830. Like all known pieces in this pattern, this diminutive plate is unmarked except for a tally mark. The quality of the form and detailing of the image is far superior to what would be expected on this diminutive sized piece.
The plate is in great condition, with no cracks, chips, or repairs. Edge wear, consistent with age and prior use. Minor firing imperfections on back side only -- glaze pops, stilt marks, ponding -- original to the making. A nice example of an extremely rare miniature transferware pattern, offered as is.