Childs Marine Blue Transfer Printed Biscuit Jar
LITTLE GIRL WITH BIG DOG
Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire England c1890
This childs toy transfer printed sugar box or biscuit jar, circa 1885-90, was originally part of a complete children's tea service. The round melon shaped covered pot stands 4 1/2" tall to the top of the finial, with a scalloped rim.
The decoration is transfer printed in rich marine blue with a hint of green. The teapot depicts a little girl, named Mae or May, standing with her arms around a huge dog (looks like a Newfoundland or brown lab ). Little Mae is wearing a big hat and the dog appemars to be smiling. This endearing scene is framed by an aesthetic background of flowers, birds and lots of geometrical whimsies, and a border of little fruit clusters, leaving very little white space.The image repeats on each side of the teapot.
The piece is unmarked. The pattern is commonly associated with pattern number 766 and registration number 69456, registered by Charles Allerton & Sons, a pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England who was well known for his whimsical children's tea sets made for the American market. 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 May with Dog" or "Girl with Dog".
The jar is in great condition, with no 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 childs play and probably considered disposable. Firing separations at inside rim, at one handle joint and inside bottom. The transfers are not aligned neatly, there are smudges and some runaway border trim, and there are little bumps dips and transfer wrinkles original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. Offered as is.