Miniature Pearlware 3pc Soup Tureen
Minton Staffordshire England c 1830
This is an exquisite antique miniature toy soup tureen with lid and undertray, circa 1830, originally part of a child’s dollhouse dinner service. The diminutive toy tureen stands 5 inches tall and measures 6 inches long with moulded finial and handles and a scalloped rim finished with pearlware glaze. Transfer country cobalt blue, it is decorated with a striking botanical pattern of roses primrose and peonies with more floral reserves embellishing the tray and a trefoil edge.
The set is unmarked except for impressed tally marks. The pattern name is Dresden Flowers made by Minton c1820-1830 in the Staffordshire region of England. The pattern is illustrated in Lorraine Punchard's "Playtime Pottery & Porcelain" as well as in Doris Lechler's "English Toy China”.
The set is in great condition, especially considering its age and use by generations of children. There are no chips, cracks, or repairs. Stilt marks on the top rim and foot, and a dot sized glaze pop on the side, all firing flaws and typical of the era. A gracious example of a rare early English floral pattern and form. Sold as is, as shown and as described.
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