Childs Brown Transferware Cup & Saucer
Edge Malkin & Co Staffordshire England c1860
This is a gorgeous antique transferware toy cup saucer, circa 1860, originally part of a complete miniature child's tea set. The cup stands 1-3/4” tall on a raised pedestal base, and the saucer measures 4 7/8" in diameter with a deep center well. The set is transfer printed in a dark sepia or Dyke brown finished with pearlware glaze. It is decorated in the scarce GOAT pattern (also known as "Goat Girl"), depicting a girl dancing with her pet goat – some collectors say it looks like a dog. There is a manor house in the background with lush vegetation and a twisted loop border pattern.
The pattern name is GOAT. The set is unmarked except for a tiny tally mark on the base of the cup. The pattern is commonly associated with the maker Cork Edge Malkin and Co, a 19th century Staffordshire pottery manufactory. The pattern is discussed in Doris Lechler's English Toy China as well as Lorraine Punchard's Playtime Pottery and Porcelain from the UK and US.
The set is in great condition with a short faint hairline on the side of the cup and no other chips cracks or repairs. Transfer wrinkles on the plate and other minor transfer imperfections throughout, all original to the making. The set is a fine example of the most winsome of animal and genre patterns. Children's transferware of this quality is quite scarce and highly sought after. Animal lovers and brown transferware collectors will adore the little tea set.