Rare Miniature Pearlware Childs Toy Handleless Cup & Saucer
William Adams Staffordshire, England c 1820
This fine miniature transferware cup and saucer was originally part of a child's complete tea set. The handleless cup stands a tiny 1-3/8 inches tall and the saucer measures 4-1/4 inches across the top rim. The color is a rich and earthy Van Dyke brown with a pearlware glaze. The piece is impeccably potted and light bodied with a pearlware type glaze. The central image depicts a beehive buzzing with activity, situated in the center of a lavish flower garden, with an urn of flowers in the background and six alternating floral bouquets around the rim, leaving very little white space. The beehive and urn motif is printed twice on the outside of the cup and repeats once on the inside bottom of the cup and saucer. The bold border decoration is placed delicately along the inside rim of the cup.
The set is unmarked on the underside. The pattern is commonly attributed to William Adams, a pottery maker in the Staffordshire district 1810-1825. It is in great condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. This is a rare set, with everything going for it, perfect for all the beehive fanciers and collectors of the finest doll dishes.