Very Rare Colorful Transfer Printed Childs Bowl
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE THE CAT & THE FIDDLE ~ ~ THE COW JUMPED OVER THE MOON
Bisto ~ Bishop & Stonier Staffordshire England c1910
This is a very uncommon example of the transfer printed illustrated bowl featuring the iconic nursery rhyme THE CAT AND THE FIDDLE. The large bowl measures 8 1/4” in diameter with a scalloped rim and deep center well. Transfer printed in sepia brown and hand colored under the glaze in an earthy palette of green and mocha brown. The bowl is from a seriesware dessert and feeding dish set made specially for children as part of the maker’s N Series (N is for Nursery) featuring nursery tales and nursery rhymes with previously published illustrations. This bowl features a cat playing the fiddle, dancing pigs and a cow jumping over the moon. Encircling the image is the iconic stanza:
Hey Diddle Diddle The Cat & The Fiddle The Cow Jumped Over The Moon
The plate is marked with the trademark of Bishop and Stonier BISTO. It also has a decorator’s mark N45 - 11 and an impressed backstamp. This example of the nurseryware series made by Bishop and Stonier is one of very few, as they are becoming very scarce in the marketplace.
Bishop & Stonier (BISTO) was one of the later Staffordshire factories that deserves recognition for their creativity and whimsy. They started life in 1891 and were bought out by the George Jones factory in the 1930s. They mainly exported domestic goods, but they also made this wonderful line of late 19th and early 20th century decorative nursery wares. The bowl is in very good condition, with repaired rim chip at 12 o’clock and no other chips cracks or repairs. A nice example especially considering its rarity and use by generations of children. Light glaze crazing, consistent with age. A fine example of early English children’s ceramic wares, made as christening presents or gifts for good children as rewards of merit and to aid in their education and schooling.
Children's whimsically illustrated plates are highly collectible, especially with this fabulous cat and fiddle motif.