Rose Cecil O'Neill (1874 – 1944) was an American illustrator, artist, and writer who created the popular comic characters, Kewpies. She married Leon Wilson in 1902. After the growing popularity of O'Neill's Kewpie cartoons upon their publication in 1909, the characters were first made into bisque dolls in 1912 followed by other Kewpie inspired products, including porcelain items decorated with various Kewpie images.
This adorable pair of children's plates, circa 1915,, is decorated with a variety of transfer Kewpie images among green foliage. The center of the plates portray two Kewpies interacting in play, while the outer rim features five additional images portraying different activities. The two plates are slightly different in the images they show.
The plates measure 7" across and both are marked in green "Copyrighted - Rose O'Neill Wilson - Kewpie - Germany". They are also stamped in blue with the mark of the Rudolstadt porcelain factory started at Volkstadt-Rudolstadt by Beyer & Bock in 1890 "Prussia Royal Rudolstadt". There are no cracks, chips or repairs. A must for the collector of Kewpie and/or Children's dishes.