Pearlware Miniature Platter NIGHTINGALE
Davenport Longport, Staffordshire, England c 1838
An elegant pearlware miniature child's transferware platter or meat plate was originally part of a complete miniature dollhouse dinner service circa 1835-1840. The The blue printed platter measures 4-1/2 inches long with a footless bottom and moulded tab handles at each end. It features a Nightingale bird sitting on a fruit tree, taking in the pleasure of the fruit and the flower blossoms. The image is encircled with scrolling floral motif, embellishing the rim edge.
The platter is marked with an impressed anchor and name of potter, Davenport, a celebrated pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England. The pattern name is NIGHTINGALE and dates to 1830-40.
The platter is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. There is minor rim wear consistent with age and typical minor imperfections -- stilt marks, stray splotches of paint, glaze ponding, and insignificant transfer wrinkle -- found in children's wares of this era, original to the making, adding to the authenticity and the naive charm. Sounds much worse than it is, displays beautifully and sturdy enough for the next generation of dollhouse play.
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