|Juvenile & A-B-C Plates|
This tiny dinner plate is a miniature version of a standard tableware pattern of the time...
This tiny dinner plate is a miniature version of a standard tableware pattern of the time -- produced by pressing clay into a plaster mold, just as the standard size tableware would have been produced. The wonderfully detailed border of geometric fields separated by scrolled cartouches was adapted from a full-size pattern popular in the day. The edge might not have been finished as carefully as its full size cousin, but one can hardly fault a piece so enchanting, or its Staffordshire maker, for less than total finesse.
This plate is a single survivor from a toy dinner service intended for some privileged little girl. Such baubles combined play with preparation for her eventual duties as hostess over an eighteenth century household.
|Dimensions:||Diameter 3 in.|
We have included photos of a full-size tortoise-glaze plate from the Seekers Antiques arch...
We have included photos of a full-size tortoise-glaze plate from the Seekers Antiques archive. Comparison with this toy piece reveals the same diamond pattern and cartouche relief demonstrating how well these press-molded patterns adapted to miniature treatment.
The comparison reminds us that plates such as the tortoise, and other creamware examples utilized the same basic clay body, only fired at a lower temperature. We are also reminded that many of the stoneware patterns continued to appear on lower-fired earthenwares after the salt-glazed wares went out of fashion.