English Pearlware Chinoiserie Child's Miniature Teapot
Chinese House Pagoda & Fence c 1780
This striking miniature child size teapot was originally part of an early child's toy tea set for dollhouse play. The drum shaped toy teapot stands 3-3/4 inches tall with a straight spout and pointed finial, and it measures 5-1/2 inches from the tip of the spout to the edge of the handle. It is hand decorated with cobalt blue brushwork on creamy earthenware with pearlware glaze, with Chinoiserie motifs, depicting Pagoda and Fence on one side and Chinese House on the other side. A gorgeous example of eighteenth century folk art in miniature.
The piece was likely made in Staffordshire England c1770-1790, designed to resemble the fine export Chinese porcelain wares that were the style in England. The teapot is unmarked. Among the earliest wares intended for children to play with, used to instruct them in proper table manners or for a playtime tea party or simply to decorate a dollhouse table.
The tiny teapot in overall very good condition with a stable hairline through the top and bottom of the handle, an tiny darkened chip at the tip of the spout, hairline on the lid and old no other chips, cracks or repairs. Minor typical firing flaws, kiln dust and such. A perfectly charming little toy teapot, offered as is.
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