04 February 2007

Children's teaset

I bought this lovely little teaset a few years ago and have had it on display for sale ever since in the various shops and centres I've been in during that time but it's had no takers. I have to say I've been quite pleased because it is so gorgeous that I shall miss it if it ever sells.

I used to sell quite a lot of children's china a few years ago but the market seems to have gone quiet now. This particular one has no marks but according to Doris Lechler's book (if you collect children's china you'll have heard of her) the pattern shape was used by several potteries including Minton and Longton. I'm fairly sure it isn't Minton so it may be attributed to the Longton pottery. It's certainly of English origin.

Do enlarge the photo so that you can see the pretty design - there are dogrose-like flowers on one side of each piece and daisy-like flowers on the other. Apart from two A/F (damaged) cups it is in perfect condition. There is no wear to the gilding and no scratches or marks to the extent that it looks unused. One cup has a hairline crack and I really don't know what to say about the other one. It's quite peculiar. The handle isn't right, the whole thing looks as if it's been cooked and the best place for it is probably the bin, but ...

I can't decide whether to keep the teaset or (say it quietly) put it on my website (when and if it ever gets launched)!

I've just spent half an hour looking for a photo of another teaset which sold but I don't seem to have one, which is a shame. It was a Ridgeways polychrome Cinderella and in tip-top condition. It had a different picture from the story on each item, complete with a mouse running up the spout of the teapot. I think you would have liked it.


see you there! said...

That tea set is so adorable. Isn't it amazing that as much of it remains in good condition as does?

I have few pieces of children's china and they are odds and ends, not sets.

Love looking at your vintage things. I'll be back!


photowannabe said...

Thank you for finding my site and your kind comment. Please come back anytime. i love to hear whats happening on the other side of the Pond.
My hubby and I love antiques and collectibles too. Don't have anything really high end but I think we like the Hunt the best. Preparing to move in a few months so after 40 years in one house its sell and purge. What a job. So many things that were so in demand are now very flat. Hope we can move some of our "stuff".
Incedently my name is Sue also.

Clare said...

Hi Sue, it really is a miracle that such delicate and pretty wares can survive the hands of children isn't it?! Perhaps children were less boisterous years ago (none of those E numbers in their diet!!!) Whatever the reason, this teaset is a delight to look at and would make a lovely entry to your website! Clare x

Helpmate said...

Beautiful tea set! One of my collectins is vintage children's books & toys. I'd love to have more information on this little gem. Could you please e-mail me? homesteading(at)comcast(dot)net


Joanna said...

Thats a lovely tea set I alwasy want to paint a dolls tea party. Thanks for you order, I can't send emails at the moment since the broadband was cut off, for the move. We still are loading the car with boxes so not moved in yet. I will link to your blog next week when we have broadband back and I'm back to blogging. I will get your order sent of to you and don't worry about not commenting but I will come and leave a less hurrid comment again soon on your blog.

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

What a pretty little tea set, Sue.
A little girl would have to invite only the posh dollies and bears to the tea party, I think!
(Don't know if this is the reason, but I have difficulty selling anything blue on my website...I think pink is in!)