Rare Early Blue Transferware Childs Tea Set
CHINOISERIE ~ LADY IN A GAZEBO ~ FISHING BOAT
England c 1830
This fantastic miniature child's transferware tea set is a stunning and scarce toy play dish set made for dollhouse play and little girls' tea parties, dating to circa 1830 - 1840. The pieces of the set make a tea party for five. The serving pieces are round and squat in shape, a form usually associated with Sewell and other potteries in Newcastle in northern England.
Transfer printed in a soft country blue, finished with pearlware type glaze. The set includes:
• Teapot 3 1/4" tall (nibble inside lid)
• Sugar 3" tall (2 small chips inside lid, stilt mark on foot rim)
• Creamer 2 3/4" tall
• Waste Bowl
• 5 Tea Cups 1 5/8" tall, and
• 5 Saucers 4 1/4" in diameter (stilt marks on foot rim of most of the saucers)
The elegant set is decorated in a non-traditional variation of a Chinoiserie or Willow pattern with a man approaching a lady in a gazebo and 2 men in a sampan fishing boat, a Chinese teahouse and flowering trees. Resembling the NAPIER pattern, finished with a floral border, a very fine example of a gorgeous Chinese inspired pattern.
The pattern name is unknown and the set is unmarked except for tally marks. The identical pattern is shown on a different blank on page 32 of Lorraine Punchard's Playtime Pottery and Porcelain from the UK and US. This desirable miniature antique set is in great condition, with no chips cracks or repairs, with the minor exceptions mentioned above. No other chips cracks or repairs. Fine overall glaze crazing consistent with age. This scarce tea set was very finely potted, a delightful addition to a doll house or childrens toy dish collection.
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