Childs Brown Transfer Printed Toy Dinner Set
GIPSY GYPSY CAMP attributed to Ridgway Morley Staffordshire England c1840
This is a scarce transfer printed pearlware childs or dollhouse partial dinner set, originally part of a complete miniature toy dinner service. Decorated in earthy sepia brown with the image of a gypsy camp with a woman cooking over an open fire outside a tent. The image is encircled with a seaweed and scroll border trim.
The set is unmarked except for various tally marks. The maker is not known with certainty, though based on the form and markings, it was likely made by Frances Morley or Ridgway and Morley, esteemed potters in the Staffordshire region of England in the early to mid1800s. The pattern name is GIPSY which we have not found documented in miniature. (According to the Transferware Collectors Club, the maker is unknown.) The quality of the form and detailing of the piece is far superior to what would be expected on this diminutive sized piece. Finely scalloped edges and elaborate moulded forms throughout.
The set comprises: • Tureen with lid, 3 1/2" diameter (flake inside lid) • Open vegetable bowl, 4” long (tiny glaze flake on edge) • 3 dinner plates, 3 3/4" diameter (fine age line on back of 2) • 5 Pie plates, 3 1/8" diameter (fine age line on back of 1) • 6 Side plates, 2 3/4" diameter (1 small rim chip) • Gravy pitcher or sauce boat, 3 1/4" long • Two platters or meat plates, 4 1/4” and 4 3/4" long
The set is in very good overall condition, as described in detail above, and no other cracks, chips, or repairs. Transfer smudging, kiln dust, stilt marks and other minor manufacturing flaws, original to the making. The little set is a fine example in children's or dollhouse historical Staffordshire pearlware transferware. Offered as is, a rare find.