1830 Minton Tiny Chinese Marine 2 Blue White Tea Tray Biscuit Platters
#AD302 2 Small Transferware Tea or Biscuit Platters by Minton
These are 2 tiny and beautiful and rare pieces of early Minton Staffordshire English 1822-1836 chinoiserie pottery miniature blue & white tea tray or biscuit or "sweet" platter. They have a lovely gadroon thick edge and measures6 x 8 inches each, a matching set.
The Minton firm began in 1793 when Thomas Minton 1765–1836 founded his pottery manufactory in Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He first introduced the transferware pattern called "Chinese Marine" in about 1825, depicting beautiful soft blue and white Chinese village scenes and landscapes. It was in production for years and very popular. It had a raised and intricate white flower border with a thick white gadroon rim, as seen in photos. They each have a large graphic blue printed transfer backstamp, with the cursive M in the centre for Minton. This mark was in use from 1822-1836.
There is a centre scene of a tall Chinese Pagoda with waving flag, a large oriental decorative architectural lamp, a smaller pagoda to right and small buildings or open oriental structures in front. It has a wooden fence, the same as seen in early Willow patterns. A river is in the forefront with 2 people standing on river's edge.
Historical: William Alexander was an artist/engraver who journeyed with the first British Embassy to China in 1792-94. Sir George Staunton published a 2 volume set of the expedition, with W. Alexander's beautiful engraved prints. This book is an important early historical account of early Western contact with China: "An Authentic Account of an Embassy from the King of England to the Emperor of China with engravings by William Alexander by Sir George Leonard Staunton, Published in London by G. Nicol, Pall Mall in 1797. These engravings are the basis of many beautiful English pottery scenes, including Minton's Chinese Marine. They were an exciting look at the mystical west for the English.
The large graphic maker's mark on reverse reads:
M (for Minton)
Opaque China w/ a beautiful bird, scroll and Oriental Symbol
(It also has a small blue round circle mark, which is most likely a tally mark)
These two lovely small biscuit platters or dishes, both in excellent and beautiful condition. They were found together in Kingsbridge, Devon, England. There are no chips, cracks or repairs.
Note: We also have a huge and beautiful 18.5 x 14.5 inch Minton platter in this same pattern, which can found here on our site. They were all 3 found together from the same old Devonshire household.
Size: Small, 8 x 6 inches each (2)
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