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 child's bowl and mug, circa 1915,, is decorated with a variety of transfer Kewpie images among green foliage. The center of the bowl portrays two Kewpies interacting in play, while the side features six additional images portraying different activities. The mug portrays three Kewpies interacting in play on the front with two other images on the back.
The bowl measures 7 3/8" across and 1 1/2" in depth; the mug measures 3" across and 3 1/4" in height; both have delicate gold rims. 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 on the bowl; the mug has a crack and small chip on the handle (see photos); both have gold wear. Priced accordingly. A must for the collector of Kewpie and/or Children's dishes.
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