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Doll's Tea Party
Title : Doll's Tea Party Doll's Tea Party
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Source : B 48425
Date of creation : ca. 1910
Format : Photograph
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Description :

Small girl having a doll's tea party. She sits in what appears to be a conservatory surrounded by her dolls and with a tea set. She is holding a cup and saucer. The doll on the left has been placed on a miniature couch, another component of the child's playthings.

By playing with her dolls in this manner she is practicing her social skills and etiquette and copying the actions of her mother as she entertained friends and family. This play was an essential part in the young girl's learning for adulthood.

In the early 19th century many European potteries began to make miniature china tea sets specifically for children. Miniature tea sets produced before this date had been intended for the display cabinets of adults.

Coverage year : 1910
Region : Adelaide metropolitan area
Further reading :

Batkin, Maureen. Gifts for good children: the history of children's china. Part 2, 1890-1990, Ilminster, Somerset : Richard Dennis, [1991?]

Dow, Gwyn and June Factor (eds.) Australian childhood: an anthology, South Yarra, Vic.: McPhee Gribble, 1991

The endless playground: celebrating Australian childhood, compiled and edited by Paul Cliff; with introductory essays by Robert Holden and features by Jack Bedson ... [et al.], Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2000

King, Constance Eileen. The encyclopedia of toys, Adelaide: Rigby, 1978

King, Constance Eileen. The collector's history of dolls, London: R. Hale; New York: St. Martin's Press, 1978, c1977

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