Rare French Childs Dollhouse Wash Set Toilette
INSECTS FROGS & CHICKS After illustrations by Grandville
Keller & Guerin Luneville, France 1890
This early dolls chamber set or wash set (Lavabo Bebe in French) is a stunning miniature toy set for dollhouse play. The set dates to the late nineteenth century. Made just for little girls’ fingers, the set is transfer printed in deep marine blue green against a creamy earthenware background, imaginatively decorated with whimsical, winsome comical scenes and images of rabbits frogs bugs beetles chicks and birds.
The set has 6 pieces (9 including lids) and includes: ~Pitcher or Jug, 2-3/4 inches tall~ ~Bowl or Wash Basin, 1-1/2 inches tall, 4 inches across~ ~Lidded Chamber Pot or Slop Pot, 1-1/2 inches tall (tiny inside rim chip)~ ~Lidded Soap Dish. 1-3/4 inches long, 1-1/2 inches tall (fleabite on edge)~ ~Lidded Razor Box, 3 inches long, 1-1/2 inches tall (old inside rim chip~ and ~Waste Bowl, 1 inch tall, 1-1/4 inches across (broken and reglued with edge chip)
The base of the jug is marked K&G Luneville, signifying the maker Keller & Guerin, a faiencerie in the Luneville region of France c 1890. According to Yseult Bouriez , collector and author of the reference book ‘Dinettes Francaises en faience’, which features the set, confirms it was made by Keller & Guerin, a French pottery maker in Luneville, France. The humorous animal illustrations were the creative work of Grandville, known for his amusing drawings of anthropomorphic dressed animals and critters.
The set is in very good overall condition, with only the issues details above and no other chips, cracks or repairs. Typical manufacturing imperfections consistent with age. The set was impeccably potted and the transfers were printed with a good deal of attention to detail. The set was played with and has wear to the rims and bottoms. Sold as is, as described and as shown.
The set is complete and ready for play in another generation of doll house or little girls’ room. A wonderful and rare find.
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