Child's Marine Blue Transferware Cup Saucer & Plate Trio
LITTLE MAE WITH PETS
Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire England c 1890
This antique children's transferware trio dates to 1890. The cup stands 2" tall the saucer measures about 4-1/2" in diameter and the plate measures about 5 3/8" in diameter. 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 designs captures the Victorian love of nature and the exotic. The set was originally part of a complete miniature teaset. The color is a brilliant marine blue green with the flowy qualities of flow blue.
The set 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 and a little boy hidden on the cup. The rims are decorated with a criss-cross border and fruit trim. This set makes a wonderful addition for a fanciful collection.
The three pieces are unmarked. The pattern is commonly associated with pattern number 780 and registration number 106741, registered to the Staffordshire pottery maker Charles Allerton in the last quarter of the 19th century. The set is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. Wear to the saucer rim consistent with age. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons some people collect these dishes...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. The transfers on this particular set were unevenly applied with wrinkles, thin images and stray blotches, with 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.
Children's blue green aesthetic transferware is hard to find and highly sought after, especially in this whimsical pattern. This little set will 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 market and are as popular today as they were when they were first sold.