Miniature Pearlware Transferware Childs Cup & Saucer Set
JUVENILE ~ RABBITS
Wood & Brownfield Staffordshire, England c. 1840
This child’s miniature transferware cup and saucer was originally part of a child's complete tea set. The shapely cup stands 1 3/4” tall on a raised pedestal base with a fancy applied handle. The saucer measures 4 5/8" in diameter. The color is a bright and cheerful blue with a pearlware glaze. The set was impeccably potted and light bodied.
It depicts a young girl holding a basket of vegetables and feeding a pair of tame rabbits or hares. The inside bottom of the cup has another image of rabbits. A bold yet delicate floral cartouche alternates with fine netting decorates the outside of the cup and the border of the saucer. The decoration is very fine, with little white space remaining.
The saucer is marked with pattern name is "JUVENILE", and the initials W&B indicating that the set was made by Wood and Brownfield, a pottery maker in Staffordshire England 1838-1850. The saucer also has an X tally mark. The cup is signed with a squiggle.
The set is in very good original condition with no chips cracks or repairs. Good honest signs of age. Misty speckles of blue sporadically around the inside of the cup and the saucer (as if something blue exploded in the kiln and), stilt marks kiln dust and other minor imperfections original to the making. Wear to the foot rim, light overall crazing consistent with age. Offered as is and as shown, an outstanding and whimsical example of this delightful pattern interpreted beautifully in an absolutely stunning blue.