Pearlware Miniature Platter Chinoiserie CURLING PALM Blue Willow Staffordshire c1800
This is a very scarce miniature toy dinner set platter c 1800 originally part of a complete dinner service or fine antique childs accessory. The oval platter measures just 4-1/4 inches long and 3-1/4 inches across with a flat rounded bottom, transfer printed in cobalt blue with pearlware glaze. The piece is decorated with one of the most unusual early Chinoiserie Blue Willow type pattern called The Curling Palm. The pattern has many of the elements of traditional ‘blue willow’ – a pagoda, a bridge with people crossing over, with a complementary oriental border trim, and instead of a weeping willow tree, the pattern features a distinctive curling palm tree. The platter is unsigned but attributed to either Job Ridgway in the Staffordshire region of England or an early maker in Swansea. The pattern is documented in Coysh & Henrywood and in the Transferware Collectors Club database, but there is no record of it having been made in miniature. We are delighted to be the first to offer this rare piece to toy dish collectors.
The tiny platter is in great condition. Tint of blue from the pearlware glaze, no chips cracks or repairs. Prominent stilt marks along the rim, typical firing imperfections consistent with age. These fine early miniature Willow and Chinoiserie patterns are like pocket sized works of art. An outstanding early example of a very rare form.
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