Rare Early Pearlware Childs Miniature Dinner Set
SEAWEED FLORAL CHINTZ
Charles Meigh Staffordshire England c1835
This is a stunning 36 piece childs miniature toy set c. 1835. Originally part of a complete children's toy dinner service, the set is comprised of: ~ Lidded Soup tureen, 5 inches tall ~ ~ 2 Sauce tureens with lids and under trays, 4 inches tall (old small chip inside both bases, fleabite on foot and inside lid) ~ ~ 2 lidded vegetable tureens, 2-1/2 inches tall, 4-1/2 inches across (fleabites on edge of lids) ~ ~ Gravy boat or sauce pitcher, 2 inches tall, 3-1/2 inches long (old chip on top edge) ~ ~ 6 graduated platters, octagonal, 2 each @ 3-1/2 inches, 4 inches and 5 inches long ~ ~ Open vegetable server, octagonal, 3inches across, 1/2 inch deep (flake on underedge) ~ ~ 5 dinner plates, 3-3/4 inches across ~ ~ 3 soup plates, 3-3/4 inches across ~ ~ 5 salad plates, 3 inches across (shallow chip on underside of one plate), ~ and ~ 3 pie plates, 2-1/2 inches across.
Decorated with an overall floral chintz medley of tiny primrose and seaweed ferns on a 10-panel form. It has been attributed to Charles Meigh in the Staffordshire district in England in the early to mid-19th century. The pattern is especially earthy and beautiful in garden green. The decoration was elaborately designed with impeccable detailing for the diminutive size of the piece. The pattern name is unknown. The pieces are unmarked.
The set is in great condition with only the minor issues detailed and described above. No other chips, cracks or repairs. Stilt marks, glaze ponding and other minor manufacturing flaws, original to the making, adding to the authenticity and not detracting from the beauty. The design is elegant and striking and will make a wonderful display and a rare addition to any collection of childrens or miniature dolls elegant table wares, pocket sized works of art.
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