Rare Miniature Flow Blue Imari Ewer & Basin AMHERST JAPAN Minton Staffordshire c1850
This is a rare child's miniature ewer and basin (also known as pitcher and wash bowl ), circa 1850. Originally part of a complete childs toilette or bath set for a doll, the shapely bowl measuring 4-1/2 inches across and the pitcher stands 3-1/2 inches tall.
The decoration is transfer printed in a brilliant cobalt flue blue hand embellished with wisps of red, orange, and blush all in a Chinese or Chinoiserie influenced floral composition resembling much earlier Oriental wares.
The basin is marked with the pattern name AMHERST JAPAN IRONSTONE within the backstamp of the maker Minton. The pattern is illustrated in Lorraine Punchard's "Playtime Pottery and Porcelain". The pattern is rare in the miniature size. This pattern was originally designed in 1823 and was meant to resemble Derby Japan and Spode styles with Imari influenced decoration and colors. It is said to have been named after Lord Amherst, who headed a diplomatic mission to China in 1817.
The set is in great condition, with an old shallow glaze graze on the edge of the spout, and no other chips, cracks, or repairs. Minor crazing and wear consistent with prior use, and a typical firing imperfections, original to the making. The set displays beautifully and will enhance a doll house display. A great example of early miniature Chinoiserie wares! Offered as described and as shown. Children's miniature pitcher and bowl sets in Imari flow blue patterns are highly sought after. We are always happy to combine shipping of multiple purchases.
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