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Miniature Hand Decorated Brushstroke Tea Set Pearlware c1840

This wonderful and rare Staffordshire English pearlware tea set dates to c 1840. The set is hand decorated with a three color enamel polychrome leaf motif painted green on black with a blue banded border on a creamy earthenware ground. This painted ware has beautiful colorful styling with button finials. Some of the pieces are signed with a decorators’ mark. The maker is not known but it hails from the Staffordshire England potting in the early half of the nineteenth century.

The set includes:
• Teapot with lid, 4 inches tall, 6 inches from spout to handle. No damage.
• Sugar with lid, 3-1/2 inches tall, 3 inches long. Chip inside lid.
• Creamer 2-1/2 inches tall, 3 inches long.
• 6 handleless cups 1-3/4 inches tall, 2-3/4 inches across. One cracked cup.
• 6 saucers 4-/2 inches across. One with flake on top rim, one with chip on foot rim.
• 6 plates 4-1/2 inches across.

The set is in great overall condition with only minor damage listed above. No other chips cracks or repairs. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect it...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. The brushwork was sloppy, there is runny glaze and little bumps and dips and transfer wrinkles and glazed over edge frits original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. Offered as is.

Just a beautiful colorful hand painted tea set, hard to find and quite desirable. The influence of Victoria’s love of nature is evident in the design. The pieces will make a fabulous addition to your collection of early hand painted earthenwares.

Item ID: AA2581

Miniature Hand Decorated Brushstroke Tea Set Pearlware c1840

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