ELEPHANTâe(tm)S TEA PARTY
Germany c 1890
This is a very rare childâe(tm)s âeoetea for twoâe teaset made in Germany for the English-speaking (Australian) market. It most likely dates to the end of the 19th century, pre-1891. Comprised of a teapot, open sugar, creamer or milk jug, and two cups and saucers, the set tells the complete story of an elephantâe(tm)s tea party, starting with the invitations, through the party, and the departure of the guests at the end of the tea.
Made of fine press moulded porcelain with colorful transfers and gilt trim, the teapot stands 3 Â¼âe tall; the open sugar stands 1 Â¾âe tall and measures 3 1/2âe across the top rim; the creamer stands 3âe tall; the 2 cups measure 2âe tall; and the 2 saucers measure 4 Â¼âe in diameter.
Each piece recites and illustrates a stanza from the companion poem or nursery rhyme:
These little elephants you see
Are asking several friends to tea
While Willie uses pen & ink
His sister say that's all I think.
Weâe(tm)ve asked Belinda, George & Belle
Jim, Bessie, Alfred, Kate as well
The picture on this jug you see
Shews Jane the hostess setting tea
The guests arrives in ones & twos
And theyâe(tm)re saying their How dâe(tm)you dos
Belinda in a bonnet grand
Is greeting Alfred, Hat in hand
Teaâe(tm)s ready Jane the hostess cries
So each one to the table flies
While Jim whoâe(tm)s really far too fat
Sits down on Georgeâe(tm)s nice new hat
The method they adopt to drink
Is not a pretty way to drink
And the guests are going away
But hope to come another day.
This dressed elephant theme and the unusual blank is not found in any of the standard reference books about childrenâe(tm)s and dollâe(tm)s tea sets. We expect that it is quite rare, and especially so because so many pieces have survived together.
The set is in pristine condition with no chips cracks or repairs. The only flaw that we can find is a minute nibble on the inside rim of the teapotâe(tm)s lid. The transfers and gilding are scratch-free. A fantastic addition to any collection of early children's tea wares. We are pleased to offer FREE shipping and insurance for delivery of this teaset anyw in the continental U.S.
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