A Portmeirion Vintage Miniature Bed Pan In The Rare Pantomime Characters Design.
This is an extremely rare and collectable Pantomime Characters miniature bed pan. This range of Portmeirion pottery is very sought after by collectors of both pottery and Prisoner memorablia, examples of which were used throughout various episodes of the cult TV series in the 1960's.
This miniature bed pan features Susan's interpretation of Harlequin.
This design is extremely rare to find and we dont often have items for sale so don't miss out!
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2.75 in (7 cm) diam
1 in (2.5 cm) tall
Portmeirion have been producing miniature items on and off for many years. In 1966 Susan decorated some travelling salesmen's miniature samples with her Favorite Horsemen and Pantomime Characters designs. In 1985 a range of twelve thimbles were created for The Thimble Collectors Club based in Surrey using miniature cut-down Botanic Garden motifs. In 1986 a range of bone china, lidded trinket boxes were produce using both Botanic Garden and Pomona designs. In 1992/3 a range of Christmas bells and ornaments enchanted the customers as did the famous Paul Cardew miniature novelty teapots and brooches. Appearing in 1996 were the enamelled and Portmeirion China hinged boxes. 1997 was a landmark year for Portmeirion, in that it was the 25th year that they had produced their incredibly popular Botanic Garden range. During that period, 1972-1997 it was estimated that they had produced approximately 25 million items! As Susan Williams-Ellis's most famous pattern, she decided to celebrate the anniversary by producing various limited edition commemorative ceramic souvenirs for their loyal customers. These included a wooden shadow box frame containing miniature teaset pieces and a superb china teaset and tray enveloped in a satin lined box. All of these teaset pieces are of the highest quality and detail and really are superb!
In 1963 Pollock's Toy Theatres Ltd, produced a book detailing the history of the company and toy theatre plays. The book contained some of Pollock's delightful engravings of characters such as Harlequin and Columbine which appealed to Susan. Using these as her guide she then designed Pantomime Characters, redrawing them as the engravings were too delicate to work successfully as a transfer. Produced as a black print on various shapes of white ware in 1966. This is a very popular design with officianados of the cult TV series 'The Prisoner' starring Patric McGhoohan. Shot in Portmeirion village in 1966/67 items of this range and that of Favorite Horsemen can be spotted in various episodes, thus making both ranges VERY popular with collectors.