Fine Child's Transferware Pearlware Miniature Toy Platter
Staffordshire England c. 1840
This is a rare miniature transferware dinner platter, circa 1840, originally part of a complete miniature children's dinner service. The little platter is 4-1/4" long and 3 1/4" wide, with a gentle 8-sided octagonal construction and flat bottom. Extremely well potted, to the standards usually only seen in full-size Staffordshire table wares, transfer printed in a brilliant leaf green with an overall floral chintz sheet print featuring a hanging fuchsia and tangled vines, finished with pearlware glaze.
The platter is unmarked and the pattern name and maker is not known for certain. The pattern is documented in Doris Lechler's English Toy China as pattern #191, illustrated on page 72 of the book. Lechler attributes the pattern to Charles Meigh, a pottery maker in the Staffordshire region of England in the early to mid-19th century.
The platter is in great condition, with no chips, cracks, or repairs. The glaze on the underside ponded, original to the making and typical of these early wares. A gorgeous little piece! Children's transferware of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after.