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Childs Biscuit Toy Jar Brown Transferware POLICHINELLE Keller & Guerin Luneville, France 1890 Animals Critters
Rare Childs Biscuit Jar Brown Transferware
Keller & Guerin Luneville, France 1890
This is stunning childs toy transferware 2pc covered biscuit jar, originally part of a complete miniature doll's dinner and tea service. A nice doll size, the wide mouth barrel shaped lidded jar stands 5 inches to the top of the handle, and measures 5-1/2 inches across the middle including the side handles.
The piece is transfer printed in rich and earthy sepia brown against a creamy earthenware blank, imaginatively decorated all over the top and bottom with images of animals, imaginary characters and other critters. The base is decorated with 9 separate snippets with 2 more on the lid. On one side of the base is an ABC or alphabet school instructional chart being used by a dressed monkey teacher reading a book to 2 dressed donkey or ass students. Other images on the same side include a soldier carrying a broom, a hunter and his dog. An old hunched back gnome, and a monkey with a windmill. The reverse side of the base shows a young boy discovering a kitten and a beach ball growing inside bell jars in the garden, boys watering a plant in a tophat, a piper playing a flute to a monkey, and a boy walking with his pull-toy horse and falling back into a tub of water. The lid shows a man being chased by a bull, and a pair of kittens living inside a shoe. This abundance of amusing characters is adapted from the art of Grandeville, a satirical comic artist. The pattern name is "Polichinelle", the French name for the main character of Pulcinella, the original Punch and Judy puppet show.
This stunning set is an uncommon form of 19th Century miniature dollhouse French transferware. Much like the transfer printed childrens wares from Staffordshire England. Marked with the backstamp of Keller & Guerin, one of the faienceries in the Luneville region of France c1890. The pattern is illustrated in the book ‘Dinette francaises en faience’. The pot and lid are in great condition with chips cracks or repairs. A minor firing separation at the top of one handle, glaze pops inside the lid and other typical transfer imperfections adding to the authenticity and charm of this petite serving piece. Sold as is.
Children's early transfer printed wares of this quality from France are quite scarce and highly sought after. The brown images are absolutely captivating. We have also listed other winsome nursery rhymes and whimsical childrens transferware this week to furnish whimsical doll houses or a child’s room.
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