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Two toy tea bowls and four saucers


Origin: Holland

Date: 18th century

2.7 cm to 3.9 cm diameter of saucers

Marks/Maker: One piece Amsterdam, maker's mark of Frederik van Strant

Bequeathed by Lady Henriques, 1953; WA1953.46.26; WA1953.46.31; WA1953.46.32; WA1953.46.42; WA1953.46.54; WA1953.46.61

T. Schroder (2009), no. 518

Information derived from T. Schroder, British and Continental Gold and Silver in the Ashmolean (2009)

Toy: The word ‘toy’ in the seventeenth and eighteenth century did not really carry the same implications as it does today. ‘Toys’ were not usually seen as playthings but as works of collectable art for adult appreciation. The notion of the doll’s house as a serious adult pursuit was taken up in Holland in the seventeenth century before it migrated to England. The Museum’s silver miniatures represent this area of collecting.