Comical Staffordshire Childrens School Mug
CATS in CHAOS
After Louis Wain ~ Staffordshire England c1880
This comical antique childs mug stands 3" tall and measures 2 3/4" across, with an applied loop handle. It features cats in the kitchen. The three kittens have pulled the table cloth off the table, upsetting bottles, pots, pans and bowls, while the three cats try to run for cover. All the critters have very expressive faces.
Creamy white earthenware with cherry red transferware design. On the reverse side is the text:
`NOW I know what mother meant yesterday when she said she felt upset . SHE must have been playing with a tablecloth, too!"
Mugs like this were given as rewards of merit and gifts for good children. This mug came from a mid-Victorian schoolhouse, where it was found on a shelf with 20+ other mugs, one for each student. The illustration is probably by Louis Wain, cat artist extraordinaire, and was originally from a childs primer book or comic book, intended as an early teaching tool for children in school or at home.
The mug is in very good condition with a small rim fracture and a worn rim indentation, and no other chips cracks or repairs. Haphazardly made, it was not meant as fine china and was considered disposable. The transfers have wrinkle, it has pooling of pearlware glaze from the making process. Wear to the foot consistent with age.
Offered as is, a great addition to a school teacher collection or early childs transferware.
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