Rare Wedgwood Miniature Toy Cup Plate
BROWNIES Designed by Daisy Makeig-Jones
Staffordshire England 1913
This early 20th century English polychrome pottery toy cup plate is a rare example of the pre-Fairyland Lustre work of Daisy Makeig Jones. The tiny plate measures 3 1/2” in diameter with a deep center well, transfer printed in brown and hand painted (under the glaze) in highly colorful orange caramel cocoa and green. The piece is marked with an impressed ‘WEDGWOOD’ mark, a printed ‘WEDGWOOD – ETRURIA ENGLAND’ and painter’s marks or pattern code that reads C4400 and related numerals.
The plate features a whimsical images of a Brownie riding a bicycle with the help of a fellow Brownie...warning a frog in the road ahead to 'Look Out!' Brownies were imaginary characters, also known as sprites imps and gnomes originally invented by Palmer Cox (1840-1924), merry elves who delight in playing harmless pranks and helpful deeds, working and playing while weary households sleep, never seen by mortal eyes. These mischievous but kindhearted characters starred in books, cartoons, and children's china and toys, becoming a childhood favorite for generations.
This plate was part of a childs fantasy play tea set designed by artist Daisy Makeig-Jones (1881-1945) who was famed for her Fairyland Lustre designs that she created in the 1930s, at the end of her career at Wedgwood. Late known as an icon for her Fairyland designs, she began work at Wedgwood in 1909 as a trainee paintress and became a staff designer in 1914, producing a number of Nursery Ware patterns before she invented her Fairyland. Her Brownies designs were first produced in 1913 under the Wedgwood Queensware banner.
The plate is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. A fantastic pocket size work of art designed to entertain children 100 years ago. An extremely rare little toy plate, part of a series of images of whimsical and naughty Brownies. Listed separately is a companion miniature cup and saucer set.