Exquisite Early Pearlware Miniature Coffee pot Thomas Fell & Co.
GIRL with DOLL
Newcastle Northumberland England c1825
This is an extremely rare childs toy transferware tall dome top coffee pot. Originally part of a complete child's or doll's tea set and coffee service, it is made of earthenware with the blue ponding of pearlware glaze. The tiny perfectly formed pot has an applied handle with leaf terminals and stands about 5 1/2" tall on a shaped pedestal base, to the top of the button finial. It has a steam hole in the lid and a large single strainer hole inside. The decoration is transfer printed in dark green. The rims and handle is decorated with seaweed motif.
The central image features a young girl, sitting in the garden rocking her doll in a cradle. The background is a typical bucolic scene with an urn, bridge, weeping willows and other lush vegetation. The image repeats on both sides of the base.
The coffee pot resembles transferware and children's wares from the Staffordshire region, but it was made by Thomas Fell & Co. of Newcastle upon Tyne in the northern part of England, c. 1825. The piece is unmarked, but other wares in the same pattern have been seen with an impressed anchor and "Fell & Co.", a mark that was used from 1817-1830. The pattern name is unknown, but it is identical in form to the "Cherrolain" pattern by Fell.
The coffee pot is in great condition, with an age line forming at the top rim just 1/8" and a tiny chip inside the lid, and no other chips, cracks, or repairs. Wear to the top of the spout. Blue ponding of pearlware glaze, original to the making. The transfers are clear and crisp with intricate detail and whimsical styling. The piece was impeccably potted, very light weight, finely detailed. It will make a gorgeous addition to any collection of early children's wares or early doll dishes and accessories.