Childs Stick Spatter Stencil
Miniature Toy Plate
Creil-Montereau Faience, France c.1910
This is a stunning toy sponged stencil decorated plate, originally part of a complete miniature children's dinner service. The measures a diminutive 4" in diameter with a scalloped rim.
The center of the plate features two blue cats, one seated and the other standing with his tail up. The image is stenciled in cobalt blue, surrounded by 9 cobalt blue cats running through a trail of leaves, stenciled around the edge in yellow gold.
The pattern name is "Les Chats" ( The Cats ).
The piece was made by one of the faienceries in the north of France, probably Creil-Montereau. The plate is marked only with an impressed mark that reads A2, probably an indicator of shape and piece number. The plate is in great condition with a fleabite on the back rim and 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 children and probably considered disposable. The images are not aligned neatly, there are smudges, 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.
Children's spongeware and stencil spatter ware of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after. The images of the cats contrasted with the autumn leaves is simply delightful. The plate will make a great addition to your collection of children's dishes.