Very Scarce Miniature Historical Childs Toy Plate
attributed to Hackwood Staffordshire England c1830
This miniature dark blue toy plate c 1830 was originally part of an early childs dollhouse dinner service. The tiny plate measures 3-5/8 inches in diameter with a scalloped rim and flat bottom. Impeccably potted and finely transfer printed with pearlware glaze. It depicts a scene in a cemetery, with a child flying a kite and another rolling a hoop with a stick, with a dog on the run and an old gentleman standing beside a gravestone. The gravestone's inscription is barely readable but starts out ‘In memory of…”.) The tureen has a zig-zag feathered border detail. The pattern has been said to possibly represent Ben Franklin, and is known most commonly as 'Kite Flyer'. It is also referred to as "Crabbed Age and Youth," "Old Age and Careless Youth," and "Gravestone". The image is adapted from woodcuts by Thomas Bewick.
Like all pieces in this pattern, the bowl is unmarked, and the maker is not known with certainty, though it is usually attributed to Hackwood or Rogers, esteemed potteries in the Staffordshire and Tyneside regions of England in the early to mid 1800s. The quality of the form and detailing of the image is far superior to what would be expected on this diminutive sized piece.
The tiny plate is in great condition, with no cracks, chips, or repairs. There are minor typical manufacturing flaws, blobs, kiln dust and stilt marks. Ponded pearlware glaze adds to the authenticiry and charm.This American historical piece in this miniature pocket size work of art, vivid colors and clear crisp image, a spectacular example of the best in children's or dollhouse transferware. Offered and sold as is, as shown and described, a fine example.
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