Early Staffordshire Child's Canary Transferware Mug
A PRESENT FOR A GOOD BOY
Staffordshire England c1820
This early canary glaze mug stands 2 3/4 " high and measures 3" wide excluding the applied handle with leaf terminals. Made of earthenware, transfer printed in black. The shows a naïve image of a boy sitting under a shade tree holding a flower, relaxing and soaking his bare feet in a pond. The mug was made as A PRESENT FOR A GOOD BOY. This special mug's image come from engravings from an early educational child's primer. The mug is in great condition. No chips cracks or repairs. One skip in the hand painted outline, some minor scuffing on the transfer in the area of the boys head and a tiny smudge below the image. Beautifully executed transfer, a delightful example of primitive childrens toys from early Victorian England. The mug is a delicious celebration of childhood.
The mug has no maker's mark. It was made in the Staffordshire region of England from early 19th century. Mugs like these some with the alphabet or moral maxims mottos and expressions of love and affection were given as gifts for good children rewards of merit and were used as early teaching tools and learning incentives. The images were originally found as copperplate engravings and woodcuts in early illustrated school books. A very rare addition to your canary ware, childrens educational and ABC transferware collection.
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