Charming full-color transfers of dressed animals cover the surface of this late 19th century children’s dish. The main picture, at the bottom of the bowl, features a barbershop run by a fox who is giving a haircut to a lion while another fox watches. Beneath this captivating scene is a printed verse which reads: "Said Ed, when in town I’ll stop / At Fox’s fine new barbershop." The inside walls of the bowl are lined with six more of the colorful critters, three more of “Ed”, one dancing bear and two dancing pigs.
Measures 5 3/8” across x 1 ¼” high. Marked with only Germany in red over the glaze, the piece dates to before 1891 when “Made in…” became a requirement. (Doris Anderson Lechler’s reference book, Children's Glass Dishes, China and Furniture, Volume 1, pp. 137-138 features another piece from this set and dates it to the late 1800s.)
The condition is excellent except for some very minor surface wear. There are no chips, cracks or crazing; but there is some rubbing wear to the printed words (see photos). The color transfers are surprisingly bright and clear and the droll characters evoke laughter!
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