Childs 28 pc Miniature Dinner Service
Purple Band Star Circle
Livesley Powell Co Staffordshire England c 1860
This is an early miniature dinner set made for childs play or to accessorize an elegant Victorian dollhouse. The sturdy ironstone set is transfer printed in lilac or purple, sometimes referred to mulberry. The overall design is a repeating star inside a circle within a purple band with a gently scalloped rim on the plates. Exquisite naive and winsome, a beautiful example of early 19th century miniature transferware.
Most of the pieces in the set are marked with an impressed “LP & Co Best”, signifying Livesley Powell & Co in the Staffordshire district in England from 1850-1866.
The set consists of 28 pieces comprised of:
~7 dinner plates, 4-1/2 inches in diameter;
~ 4 soup plates, 4-1/2 inches in diameter;
~ 3 luncheon plates, 3-3/4 inches in diameter (1 hairline crack);
~ 3 side plates, 2-3/4 inches in diameter (1 back chip, 1 crack);
~ 6 platters, graduating from 4-1/4 inches to 6 inches long;
~ 2 oval open vegetable servers, 4-3/8 inches long;
~ 1 round serving tureens with lid, 5 inches diameter on low pedestal base;
~ 1 round tureen with lid, 3-1/4 inches tall.
As described above, the set is in great condition with only a few exceptions. Crazing and some minor discoloration on only a few pieces, consistent with prior use. An extremely hard to find set, a great doll house dish set, a perfect addition to an advanced collection of miniature or dollhouse transferware and ceramics. A lovely example of an early miniature dinner set for a display with dolls, furniture and other Victorian childrens toys.
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