miniature tableware set

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Creator Goodall, Joan (Mrs.)
Title miniature tableware set
Published Vancouver : Museum of Vancouver
Identifier 68830
Language English
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Contributor Museum of Vancouver
Description Just as the tiny Liliputians, their belongings, and their dwellings entranced Gulliver, so too, do miniature figures, objects, and buildings fascinate people of all ages. The earliest miniature houses were made in Germany and the Low Countries in the 17th century. During the next hundred years, they became popular in the United States and Britain where they were known as "baby" houses. These models, which were opulently furnished and decorated by skilled craftsmen, were not toys. Rather, they were displayed in the homes of the elite as a testimony to their wealth and status. In the 19th century, dolls' houses were mass produced at reasonable prices and became popular with the middle classes as children's playthings. Dolls, furniture, and accessories inhabited and furnished Victorian and Edwardian dolls' houses which were often tiny replicas of the houses of their owners. Beginning in the late 18th century and continuing into the 20th, many of the top European and American producers of chinaware and pottery, such as Wedgwood, Limoges, and Bennington, made miniature versions of dinner and breakfast sets which were intended to adorn the dining or morning rooms of doll houses. This breakfast set, which is decorated with a blue strip, was probably made in England around 1900.
a white breakfast set decorated with blue stripes;includes a circular platter, 2 cups and saucers, teapot, milk jug, sugar bowl, serving bowl
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