Childs Cobalt Blue Transferware Miniature Toy Plate
LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD ~ LE PETIT CHAPERON ROUGE
Gien Luneville, France c1900
This is stunning toy transferware plate, originally part of a complete miniature children's or doll's dinner service. It measures a diminutive 4 inches in diameter transfer printed in rich cobalt blue. The plate resembles the transferware made in the Staffordshire region of England in the early to mid 19th century, but instead it was made by Gien, one of the faienceries in the Luneville region of France. The plate is marked "Porcelaine Opaque de Gien" around a crown and castle.
The plate is decorated with the risque French interpretation of the story of Little Red Riding Hood, as only the French could tell it. The source for the image was an illustration by Gustav Dore. Little Red is seen in bed with the wolf. Her clothes are strewn on a chair on the other side of the room, with her shoes tucked neatly under the bed. Little Red is stroking the face of the wolf, and she is saying 'Que vous avez de gdes. oreilles', which translates: 'What big ears you have!'
The plate is in great condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Overall glaze crazing original to the making consistent with age and typical of the period. The little plate was impeccably potted and the transfers were printed with great attention to detail.
This rare image is a fabulous little treat, simply irresistible in a miniature pocket size work of art to begin your LRRH collection.