Sunbonnet Babies were first introduced in 1900 in the book The Sunbonnet Babies. It was the first children's school book to use the same characters for the entire text. The stories were by Eulalie Osgood Grover, illustrated by Bertha Corbett. The children's faces were completely hidden by the sunbonnets. The children had been pictured in black and white before this time, but the color pictures in the book were immediately successful. Soon after the Royal Bayreuth China Company made a full line of children's dishes decorated with the Sunbonnet Babies.
This one-of-a-kind "Sunbonnet Babies" bowl was expertly executed in a home-studio environment which was very popular during the late 1800's and early 1900's. The interior is decorated with three figures admiring their flower garden. Each figure is dressed in different colors; one in pastel yellow; the second in pastel pink and the third in a combination of pastel green dress with pink bonnet. Separating the figures is an array of spring foliage and delicate flowers of various types against a shaded pink and blue background. The exterior of the bowl is painted a soft blue with narrow gold rim. The bowl measures 5 1/2" across, 1 3/4" in height and is stamped in green with the Tressemann & Vogt porcelain company mark "T & V Limoges France", circa 1892-1907. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint condition.