Set of 4 Miniature Hand Decorated Pearlware Decorated Plates
Brushstroke Vine Flowers
Villeroy Vaudrevange (pre Villeroy Boch) 1800
This is a gorgeous set of four miniature toy dinner plates, richly hand decorated in a motif of cobalt blue earthy green and black finished with a blue pearlware glaze. The miniature plates measure 4 inches across, 1 with a deep center well, and all with a flat, footless bottom. They are paint decorated with impeccable precision, hand painted tiny Forget Me Not Flowers twining round the rim, outlined in blue. Much like the Leeds and Pratt decorated creamwares and pearlwares from England during the same period, an outstanding example of late 18th or early 19th century folk art.
The set was made by the Villeroy Vaudrange factory on the river Saar (now called Wallerfangen) near Luxembourg Belgium. The factory merged in 1836 to create the Villeroy and Boch faience factory in Vaudrevange. It is a very rare signed example made as part of a very fine early childs toy dinner service, one of the earliest wares intended for children, to use in instructing them in proper table manners or simply to decorate a dollhouse dining table or tea party.
The set is in great condition with a tight ageline on the back on of one plate (does not penetrate to the front) and no other chips cracks or repairs. Glaze wear along the rim. Glaze pooling and other minor typical characteristics of the late eighteenth century making process, adding to the authenticity of this antique toy. This is one of the prettiest and simplest hand decorated motifs we've found; an extraordinary addition to an AAFA folk art collection. Sold as is.