Childs Gaudy Flow Blue Wagon Wheel Tea Set
Allerton and Sons
Staffordshire, England c 1875
This is a gorgeous miniature or child’s toy tea set, circa 1875, made for children's teatime play or for a dollhouse.
The set is made of soft paste earthenware.
The set comprises:
• Teapot with lid, 5-1/4 inches tall (spoon dings inside rim)
• Sugar with lid, 4-1/2 inches tall
• Cream pitcher, 3-1/2 inches tall
• 4 cups, 2 inches tall (1 cracked and reglued)
• 4 saucers, 4-1/2 inches across,
• 4 plates, 5-1/4 inches across (2 superficial lines through glaze), and
• Waste bowl, 3 inches tall (stable hairline crack visible from inside only)
The set is decorated with a hand painted motif WAGON WHEEL motif -- cobalt flow blue spokes alternating with iron red feather brushstroke and embellished with copper lustre. The colors are incredibly striking, a fine example of the ceramic folk art tradition.
It was made by Charles Allerton and Sons, a pottery in the Staffordshire district of England, known for its whimsical children's teasets. The set has no maker’s mark but some of the saucer has a pattern number or decorators scrawl of numerals 93 painted in red.
The set is in great condition, especially considering its age and use by generations of children, with only the issues mentioned about. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect it...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. There is runny glaze and little bumps and dips and kiln kisses and glazed over edge frits original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. The pieces were all hand decorated, so there is variation in the painting adding to the unique naïve charm of the se. A truly outstanding set in unusually fine condition. Richly detailed, it is just amazing that this set belonged to a child well over 100 years ago! Sold as is, as shown.
Miniature gaudy flow blue tea sets of this quality are quite scarce, and highly sought after, particularly in this wonderful color.
Gaudy Flow Blue Wagon Wheel Childs Tea Set c1875 Staffordshire England
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