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Dominic Winter Auctioneers

Children's & Illustrated Books

15 December 2017

*[Potter, Beatrix].

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Lot 475

Estimate: £200 - £300

Peter Rabbit tea service, Stoke-on-Trent: Grimwades, circa 1922,
comprising a tea pot with lid (height 10cm/4ins), a milk jug (height 5.5cm/2ins), a sugar bowl (height 4cm/1.4ins), four cups (height 5cm/2ins), four saucers (diameter 11cm/4.5ins), four small plates (diameter 10.5cm/4ins), and two bread & butter or cake plates (diameter 15.5cm/6ins), each with a colour lithographed scene from The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and gilt rims and handles (occasionally rubbed), each with maker's mark on base, teapot with very tiny chip on edge, one cup with .5in hairline crack
Extremely rare complete set of Beatrix Potter nursery china, the very first to be produced. Miss Potter sanctioned production of the set in 1917, but Grimwades didn't begin manufacturing until 1922, blaming war-time shortages of materials and staff. Even incomplete sets are difficult to find, given the limited production of the set and its fragile nature. Beatrix Potter was said to be very pleased with the set and ordered some for Christmas presents. (Louise Irvine, editor, John Beswick & Royal Albert Beatrix Potter Figures & Giftware, 1996, pages 10 & 83)

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