Children's Sepia Brown Aesthetic Transferware Tea Set
Whittaker & Co Hanley, Staffordshire England c. 1885
This is a wonderful Aesthetic Movement child's tea set, circa 1885. The color is rich sepia or Van Dyck brown. The set is decorated with an asymmetrical cartouche with a European influence, featuring a crossed twig frame around a windmill on one side and a garden arborland on the reverse side, in landscape embellished with dogwood and fruit, and a pretty crossed twig border trim -- romanticized images of a faraway place. The complete set is illustrated and discussed on page 94 of Lorraine Punchard's book 'Playtime Pottery & Porcelain from the UK and US'.
The set comprises: * Teapot with lid, 3 5/8" tall, 5 1/2" long * Sugar with lid, 3 5/8" tall, 3 1/2" across * Cream pitcher, 2 1/2" tall * Waste bowl, 3" tall, 3 1/2" across * 4 cups, 2" tall (1 with crack and small chip) * 5 saucers, 5" across, and * 6 cookie plates, 5 1/2" across (1 with faint hairline)
Some of the pieces in the set are marked with the pattern name 'ALASKA' and the initials 'W & Co Hanley', made by the maker Whittaker & Co of Hanley in the Staffordshire region of England in the 1880's, long before Alaska became an American state.
The antique miniature set is in great condition with only the minor condition issues mentioned above. No other chips cracks or repairs. Old tape residue on a few pieces. Wear to the rims, minor transfer imperfections and glaze ponding, original to the making and consistent with age. A fine example of the naturalistic influence and the Victorian love of nature represented in Aesthetic Movement pattern.
This fabulous little tea set will proudly add to any collection of children's transfer printed wares.
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