Trio of Pearlware Childs Toy Transferware Plates
JUVENILE SPORTS GYMNASTICS
Staffordshire England 1820
This is a rare set of 3 miniature transfer printed child’s toy plates, a series of miniature plates that depicts childrens sports and garden amusements. The little plates each measure 3-1/2 inches in diameter with hand cut scalloped rims. The borders are decorated with a string of vining flowers. The plates are finished with pearlware glaze.
The central images of the three plates show school boys wearing school uniforms and performing in various gymnastics sporting events: the first plate shows a boy mounting a pommel horse; the second plate shows a boy jumping over a horizontal bar (while an admirer stands nearby); and the third plate show a pair of boys playing leapfrog. A desirable series of images, naive and folky charm and hard to come by in this miniature size.
As would be expected, the plates are unmarked. They most like hail from the Staffordshire or a northern potting region of England in the early part of the 19th century.
The plates are in great condition, with no chips cracks or repairs. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people love these wares...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and dolls and probably considered disposable. There are little gouges and bumps and transfer wrinkles and glazed over edge crizzling original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. Stilt marks and other typical manufacturing imperfections original to the making. Offered as is, this rare trio of toy plates makes an exceptional addition to any folk art or early ceramics collection. Perfect pocket size works of art!
Trio of Early Transferware Childs Toy Plates SCHOOL SPORTS c1820
$200 $250 SALE