This is a rarer piece of Mauchline Ware - it is a beautifully made miniature turned fruitwood drinking quaich.
It is a not really designed as a functional little drinking vessel - but more as an item to display in your cabinet of antique treen items.
This piece is finely made as you can see in my photographs and has a little vignette of the West Front of Inveraray Castle.
Measurements: Handle to handle is 10 cm. Diameter of the bowl is 7 cm, and the height is 3.2 cm
Mauchline Wares are Scottish wooden items which date from about the 1880s - until the 1900s. They are generally wooden souvenirs and giftware - made of fruit woods and decorated with black transfer designs. The scenes are usually of landmarks and popular towns - and spots favoured by tourists. They were very popular in their day and many pieces were exported globally.
The centre of the Mauchline Ware industry is the small village of Mauchline - which is located 11 miles inland from the Scottish coastal resort of Ayr. At its peak over 400 people were involved in the manufacture of these small (but always beautifully made) wooden souvenirs. Similar products were also made in Lanark - but most of the pieces are known by the generic name of Mauchline Ware.
Inveraray Castle is a country house near Inveraray in the county of Argyll, in western Scotland, on the shore of Loch Fyne, Scotland’s longest sea loch. It is one of the earliest examples of Gothic Revival architecture (together with Strawberry Hill).
The Castle has been the seat of the Dukes of Argyll, chiefs of Clan Campbell, since the 18th century. The 2012 Christmas episode of Downton Abbey was partly filmed here; the castle portraying the fictional "Duneagle Castle".
The castle forms a dramatic backdrop to the celebrated Inveraray Highland Games held in July each year.
The quaich has a lovely honey coloured patina to the wood - which only comes with age. The transfer printed image is in pretty fine condition and the fruitwood which makes up the stand is without cracks, chips or damages.
A very unusual and attractive example of late 19th century Mauchline Ware.
It looks much nicer in real life than it does in my photographs! Any white marks on my images are not on the quaich - but are simply reflections from the shiny surface.
My asking price reflects both the quality and rarity of this little piece of antique treen.
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