Antique Childs Transferware Biscuit Jar
LITTLE MAE with APRON
Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire England 1890
This delightful child's transferware toy biscuit barrel or sugar pot dates to c1890. The hard to find pear shaped bulbous covered jar stands about 5" with a dome top flower bud finial and molded applied handles. It was made by Charles Allerton & Sons, a pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England who was well known for his whimsical childrens tea sets. It is unmarked. The pattern name is "MAY". The influence of the Aesthetic movement on the pattern designs captures the Victorian love of nature and the exotic. The little pot was originally part of a complete miniature teaset. The color is rich cherry red or dark English pink.
The pot depicts Little May or Mae standing on a country road carrying an apronful of eggs. She is wearing a hat and one of her socks is falling down. Her farm house can be seen in the background. She is surrounded with an aesthetic background of flowers, birds and lots of geometrical whimsies and fruit along the rim. The image repeats on each side of the jar.
The piece is in great condition, with a nibble on the underside of the lid and no chips cracks or repairs. Glaze flaking along the rim consistent with age and prior use. Intentionally crude in manufacture, it has minor transfer smudge some minor kiln fleck an underglaze impression and other imperfections original to the making and typical of these primitive early wares. A delightful covered box that displays great, ready to be played with by another generation of children. Offered as is, a rare form and strong example of these whimsical wares. Animal lovers all adore this collection of patterns, too!