Rare ENGLISH IMARI Polychrome Flow Blue
Pearlware Childs Dinner Set Platter
Staffordshire England c 1840
This is a very rare childs miniature toy dinner set platter made for childs play or to accessorize an elegant Victorian dollhouse. The platter measures 4-3/8 inches long and 3-1/4 inches across. It is made of early English ironstone transfer printed in an Imari flow blue mulberry pattern called ENGLISH ORIENTAL, overpainted with iron red and wisps of color, with a hand painted Chinese red and ochre rims, dripping with pearlware glaze. The polychrome piece is decorated with a scarce variation on the BLUE WILLOW chinoiserie design with a pagoda, bridge, dogwood flowers and seaside scenery. A beautiful example of the tiniest early 19th century miniature flow blue gaudy transferware originally made for childs and dolls play.
The plate is marked only with a painted decorator’s tally mark; the exact maker is unknown. References in Lechler’s book English Toy China and Punchard’s book Playtime Pottery & Porcelain from the UK and US illustrates examples of the pattern #208, described by the author as ‘very rare’ as no one has ever ‘seen it complete or nearly complete’.
The platter is in very good overall condition with no chips cracks or repairs. Wear to the painted rim consistent with prior use. Minor firing imperfections original to the making. An extremely rare example, a colorful childs or doll size set to finish a Victorian Christmas display and a perfect addition to an advanced collection of miniature transferware. Sold as is, as described and as shown.