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 set of child's dishes, circa 1915,, is decorated with a variety of transfer Kewpie images against the white porcelain blanks with pastel green and blue highlights and delicate gold rims. The set consists of a plate, bowl and cup. Each piece portrays different Kewpie images interacting in play or by themselves.
The plate measure 7" across, the bowl 6 1/4" across and 1 5/8" in depth, the cup 2 3/4" across and 2 1/2" in height. All pieces 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; minor gold wear. A must for the collector of Kewpie and/or Children's dishes.
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