Child's Aesthetic Transferware Teaset Little Girl with Big Dog Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire, England c.1885 This is a striking child's transferware tea set with service for a tea party of four. It dates to c. 1885. The color is a bright and cheery country red on a creamy earthenware mold. The round serving pieces are melon shape with scalloped rims. The set is comprised of: • TEAPOT WITH LID 5 1/2" tall • SUGAR WITH LID 4 1/2" tall • CREAM PITCHER 3 1/2" tall • WASTE BOWL 2 1/2" tall • FOUR CUPS 2" tall • FOUR SAUCERS 4 1/2" in diameter, and • FOUR PLATES 5 1/2" in diameter
The set features a little girl, probably named May or Mae, standing with her arms around a huge dog, probably a Newfoundland or Retriever. She is wearing a big hat, and the dog seems to have a smile on its face. This endearing scene is framed by an aesthetic background of flowers, birds and lots of geometrical whimsies.
Some of the pieces in the set marked with pattern number 766 and registration number 69456. The set 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 influence of the Aesthetic movement on the pattern design captures the Victorian love of nature and the exotic. The pattern is usually referred to as “Little Mae with Dog” or “Girl with Dog”
The set is in great condition considering its age and prior use. There are some minor spots of age discoloration. One saucer has a flea bite on the foot ring. The teapot has flea bites on the inner rim of the pot and the inner rim of the lid, there are 2 faint hairlines and tiny flea bites on the teapot rim and a firing separation (a manufacturing flaw) inside the spout. The waste bowl has 2 hairlines that are very hard to see on the outside of the bowl. No other chips cracks or repairs.
The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect it...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. The transfers are not aligned neatly, there is runny glaze and little bumps and dips and transfer wrinkles and glazed over edge frits original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. Overall a wonderful and unusual doll house tea set. We do have other Allerton tea sets in all colors and patterns – just ask if you don’t see what you’re looking for!