Pearlware Miniature Green Transferware Teapot
Staffordshire England c1840
This miniature teapot was originally part of an early child’s dollhouse tea set. The shapely teapot stands 3-7/8 inches tall on a base of 4 little bun feet. It measures 5-1/4 inches long.
Transfer printed in forest green with pearlware glaze, the teapot is decorated with a hunting scene from the Scottish highlands…each side depices two hunters on horseback. The rim is decorated with alternating reserves with a dog and a bird. The pattern name is "Caledonia", the Roman name for Scotland. The pattern is especially intriguing in miniature, as the images are modified and simpler to fit on the tiny pieces. The teapot is unmarked except for a tally mark. It was made by Benjamin Godwin in the Staffordshire region of England in the early to mid 1800s. The pattern in this miniature version is illustrated and discussed in Doria Lechler’s book “English Toy China” (fig. #67)
The teapot is in great condition, with a small old nibble on the edge of the lid and no other cracks chips r repairs. An interior firing split (not visible from the exterior) and other minor typical manufacturing imperfections. Edge and rim wear consistent with age. A superb childs toy set befitting the finest dollhouse or child’s tea party. Sold as described, as shown.
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