Childs Flow Blue Aesthetic Transferware Biscuit Jar
LITTLE MAE with PETS
Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire England c. 1890
This is a winsome child's transferware covered biscuit jar or sugar box, circa 1890. Originally part of a complete children's tea service, the round, melon shaped lidded jar stands about 4 1/2" tall with a scalloped rim and applied handles.
The decoration is transfer printed in a rich cobalt flow blue. The piece depicts the ever popular little English girl named Little Mae sometimes spelled May, sitting on a doorstep with her trusty dog, a cat on her lap and a kitten lapping up milk from a saucer beside her. There are birds all around her, and the scene is framed by an aesthetic background of flowers, birds and lots of geometrical whimsies.
It is marked with registration number 106741 and pattern number 780 of the maker 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 known as "Little Mae with Pets" or "Little May" or "Girl on Steps".
The jar is in great condition, with no chips, cracks, or repairs. Haphazardly made in a traditional folk art style, not fine china and not made to be -- the teapot has a transfer smudge on one side firing split inside the lid and other minor manufacturing flaws typical of the period and original to the making, adding to the quirky charm of these wares. Fine overall crazing consistent with age. A great example of naive and whimsical early wares, offered as is.
Children's aesthetic transferware in this fun pattern is highly sought after, and animal lovers love it.