Assembled Minton Majolica Mushroom and Melon Tête-a-Tête Tea Set
Date cypher for 1862-1876
Impressed uppercase mark and shape no.'s 642
Naturalistically modeled with vine handles and shell feet, comprising a yellow melon-form teapot and mushroom-form cover, a cobalt-blue cream boat with snail thumbrest, a turquoise-ground bonnet squash-form sugar-bowl and cover, two brown-ground cups and leaf-shaped saucers, and an overlapping leaf-shaped tea tray with vine handle and white blossoms. Width of tray 16 inches.
Sets of this design were recorded at the Crystal Palace Exhibition, London, 1851.
Majolica International Society, Karmason Library, no.
KL000195 & KL001507.
KL000191-4 (for a related set from the Royal House of Hanover, note variant cup & saucer - a set of this design is known to have been gifted from Queen Victoria to her cousin Beatrix). Marilyn G. Karmason with Joan B. Stacke, Majolica, A Complete History and Illustrated Survey, New York, 1989, p. 2 (teapot).
C The Joan Stacke Graham Majolica Collection
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