Rare 40 piece Black Transferware Pearlware Childs Dinner Service
Francis Morley (Ashworth) Staffordshire, England c1850
This is an impressive miniature dinner set made for childs play or to accessorize an elegant pre-Victorian dollhouse. Printed in black on a creamy earthenware blank, the color is rarely found in miniature dinner wares. The set is decorated with finely engraved Bellflower with a lacy flower border pattern. We have not found the exact pattern in Doris Lechler’s book “English Toy China” or Lorraine Punchard’s “Playtime Pottery and Porcelain from the UK”, however the blank or mold of these pieces, as well as the impressed randoms numbers on the bottom are attributable to Francis Morley probably pre-Morley-Ashworth. The maker was successor to Masons. An esteemed pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England in the early part of the 19th century. Based on the form with scalloped rims, flat bottoms and distinctive finials, we are confident in saying that the set was made by Morley.
The set consists of 40 pieces. The set is in overall great condition with just a few minor chips and crack as described below. The set is comprised of:
6 dinner plates, 4-1/4 inches in diameter (1 old rim chip);
6 soup plates, 4-1/4 inches in diameter (1 fleabite);
5 luncheon plates, i3-3/8 inches in diameter;
4 pie plates, 2-3/4 inches in diameter;
gravy boat or sauce pitcher, 1-3/4 inches tall, 2-3/4 inches long;
5 graduated platters, 2-1/2 inches – 5-3/4 inches long;
1 well and tree meat platter, 5-1/4 inches long;
1 open vegetable 4 inches long;
1 open vegetable 3 inches long;
2 lidded veg tureens, 2-1/2 inches tall, 4-1/2 inches across;
2 lidded sauce tureens with under plate, 3-1/2 inches tall, 4-1/2 inches across (1 base with noteworthy chipping to top rim); and
Lidded soup tureen with under tray, 4-1/2 inches tall, 5-1/2 inches across.
As described above, the set is in excellent condition with only a few exceptions mentioned in detail above. Transfer wrinkles, kiln disses and other minor imperfections original to the making. An extremely hard to find set, a perfect addition to an advanced collection of miniature transferware. A superb example of an early miniature dinner set. Offered as is, as shown.
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