Flow Blue Transferware Childs Teapot
LITTLE MAE WITH PETS
Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire England c 1880
This antique child's flow blue transfer printed teapot dates to c 1880. The scarce melon shaped covered pitcher stands 5 1/2" tall and was originally part of a complete toy tea service. The teapot 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 designs captures the Victorian love of nature and the exotic.
The teapot depicts young Little Mae sitting on a stoop in a doorway with a kitten on her lap, a cat drinking milk from a bowl, a dog sitting beside her and a bird looking on from overhead. This endearing scene is framed by an aesthetic background of flowers, birds and lots of geometrical whimsies. The rims are decorated with a criss-cross border and fruit trim.
The teapot is marked C A & Sons and pattern number 780 and registration number 106741 registered to the Staffordshire pottery maker Charles Allerton in the last quarter of the 19th century and made for export.
The piece is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect these dishes...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. The transfers are not all aligned neatly, there are stray skips and slips of border trim and little bumps and dips that were glazed over in the factory and runny smeary glaze. The primitive and hasty style adds to the folksy charm of 19th century childrens' pottery. Offered as is, as shown and described.
Children's aesthetic transferware is hard to find and highly sought after, especially in this whimsical pattern. These little plates make a stunning collection, or add them to any existing collection of toys and children's ware. Little Mae patterns were made for the American and Americana market and are as charming today as they were when they were first sold.We have much more in stock including individual pieces, partial sets and complete original tea sets. If you're looking for a full tea set or replacement pieces or a special gift, please let us know. We are always happy to combine shipping of multiple purchases.