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 cup & saucer, circa 1915,, is decorated with a variety of transfer Kewpie images among green foliage. The cup portrays two Kewpies interacting in play on the front and another on the back; the saucer portrays five Kewpie images around the center portraying different activities, while both pieces are adorned with delicate gold rims.
The saucer measures 5" across and the cup measures 2 3/4" across and 2 1/2" in height. The cup is marked in green "Copyrighted - Rose O'Neill Wilson - Kewpie - Germany". Both pieces 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; some minor gold wear. A must for the collector of Kewpie and/or Children's dishes.