Child's Gaudy Flow Blue Lustre Lidded Sugar or Biscuit Jar
Charles Allerton and Sons Staffordshire, England c. 1875
This is a childs dollhouse lidded sugar box or biscuit jar, originally part of a complete dollhouse tea set, circa 1875, made for children's teatime play.
The octagonal shape covered pot stands 4-1/2 inches tall with a square finial on top and square handles on each side.
The piece is decorated with a hand painted motif called GAUDY OYSTER. Cobalt flow hand painted into a loose interpretation of an oyster embellished with iron red and pink lustre brushstroke. The colors are incredibly striking, a fine example of the ceramic folk art tradition. Hard to find form in a scarce pattern.
Made by Charles Allerton and Sons, a pottery in the Staffordshire district of England, known for its whimsical children's teasets. The piece has no maker’s mark.
The lidded pot is in great condition, especially considering its age and use by generations of children. No chips cracks or repairs. Hand decoration shows variation in the painting adding to the unique naïve charm of the set. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect it...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. There is runny glaze and little bumps and dips and and glazed over edge frits original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. Offered as is.
A beautiful covered sugar box or biscuit jar, richly detailed, amazing that it belonged to a child well over 100 years ago!
Miniature gaudy flow blue tea sets of this quality are quite scarce, and highly sought after, particularly in this wonderful color.