Aynsley 1242 finger bowls with under plates and syrup pitcher - 1910s Asian inspired English china
Set of 5 finger bowls with under plates and a lidded syrup pitcher by Aynsley. Pattern #1242 is a colorful version of the blue willow pattern (missing the runaway couple). And it's from the same era, part of the trend that grew out of the Paris Exposition.
Borders have a slightly impressed pattern and slightly raised painting. Lidded syrup pitcher has the full scene. From the 1910s.
Are they really finger bowls? We think so, clearly. But you could also serve a small sorbet in them if you wanted to.
In addition to the Aynsley backstamp, they are marked as with a retailer stamp for Rich and Fisher, 4&7 Fifth Avenue, New York. We found this about the store in Crockery and Glass Journal, Vol 85, 1917: "About May 1 Rich & Fisher retail dealers in china and glass will move to 411 Fifth avenue where they have leased a store and basement They are now at 467 Fifth avenue on the site of the new Woolworth store and in moving not only get a much larger and better store which they need owing to their increasing business but they also get a better location being right among the high grade dry goods stores This firm has deservedly prospered ever since it started a few years ago Just now Rich & Fisher are having a moving sale and are rushed with customers."
Thank you, internet.
SIZE bowls are 4.5" diameter, underplates are 5" diameter. Syrup pitcher is 5.5" tall
CONDITION Very good. Gently used. No nicks chips or crazing. Two different backstamps, two slightly different patterns on the underplates. See pix.
This is a vintage item. It has been used and loved and it has a history. Please examine photos carefully and ask questions, as we are unable to accept returns or exchanges.