Rare Childs Porcelain Painted Tea Set
ALICE IN WONDERLAND ~ THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS
Staffordshire England c1900
This is a wonderful and rare child's porcelain tea set for a tea party with dolls and friend, circa 1905. The set is illustrated with the characters from Lewis Carroll’s books Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, written in 1865 and 1871. The set is decorated in a colorful palette -- cups have green background, saucers have yellow background – hand painted with polychrome wisps of brilliant enamel decoration.
The set includes 2 cups standing 2 inches tall and matching saucers measuring 5 inches in diameter, featuring four iconic scenes depicting the storied characters from the original John Tenniel illustrations, including: Walrus and Carpenter, Alice with Gryphon Mock Turtle, Dutchess with baby, Cheshire Cat and Mad Hatter, and Humpty Dumpty.
Each piece of the set is marked with a British Registration number ranging from 446133 to 469995, indicating the first registration (trademark patent) of Tenniel’s illustrations. Each piece is also signed with a painted 33. Most likely the paint decorators mark. The exact ceramic maker has not been identified. The set was made in the Staffordshire potting region of England during the first part of the 20th century.
The set is in great condition with no chips, cracks or restorations. Minor manufacturing imperfections consistent with age. Rare as hen’s teeth, the set is a fine example of whimsical uses for porcelain in toy making.
This fabulous little set depicting scenes from the much beloved story will make a fantastic addition to any collection of aesthetic transferware and fairy tales, and collectors of children's early dishes will proudly add this to their display.
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