Victorian Red Aesthetic Transferware Child's Biscuit Jar LITTLE MAY WITH APRONFUL OF EGGS Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire England c. 1890
This is a wonderful child's transferware biscuit jar or covered sugar pot, circa 1890, originally part of a complete children's tea set or doll's set. The octagonal shaped covered box stands about 4 1/2" tall to the top of the finial . The decoration is transfer printed in a bright cherry red or pink.
The pot depicts a homely little girl named May or Mae standing in front of farmhouse wearing a dress, a floppy hat, and an apron. She is holding up the front of her apron which appears to be filled with eggs. An endearing scene of country life, one of May's socks is falling down and she has a subtle smile on her have! The central image is framed by an aesthetic background of flowers and a floral leaf border and repeats on each side of the pot.
The sugar was made by Charles Allerton & Sons, a pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England who was well known for his whimsical children's tea sets. The pattern name is "MAY". It is unmarked. Other pieces in the same pattern are marked with the pattern name and Allerton's pattern number 753 in a garter-shaped cartouche. The influence of the Aesthetic movement on the pattern design captures the Victorian love of nature and the exotic.
The piece is in great condition, with no chips cracks, or repairs. Spoon ding inside the rim and typical minor manufacturing imperfections, original to the making and adding to the nae charm of the piece. It displays beautifully. Offered as is, a great example of whimsical folk art early wares!
Children's aesthetic transferware in this fun pattern is highly sought after, and animal lovers and farm and veterinary folks love it! A perfect gift for a doll collector or that special farm girl!