Childs 30 pc Miniature Dinner Service
Blue Banded Ball and Star
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 country blue with a repeating white ball and star within a blue 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 30 pieces comprised of:
~ 5 dinner plates, 4-1/2 inches in diameter;
~ 5 soup plates, 4-1/2 inches in diameter;
~ 5 luncheon plates, 3-3/4 inches in diameter (1 hairline crack);
~ 4 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;
~ 1 gravy pitcher, 2-1/2 inches tall;
~ 1 round serving tureen with lid, 5 inches diameter on low pedestal base;
~ 1 round tureen with lid and undertray, 3-1/4 inches tall.
The set is in near mint condition with no chips cracks or repairs. Crazing 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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