Rare Childs Blue Spongeware Spatter Ware Biscuit Jar
Charles Allerton and Sons Staffordshire, England c. 1890
This spectacular miniature toy biscuit jar or lidded sugar box, circa 1890, was originally part of a complete child’s tea set, made for children's teatime play or for a dollhouse. The color is an incredibly brilliant cobalt flow blue.
The octagonal jar stands 4-1/2 inches tall, with a square applied handle. The jar is exuberantly decorated by hand with applied sponge or spatter decoration, a great example of the folk art craft. It was made by Charles Allerton and Sons, a pottery in the Staffordshire district of England, known for its whimsical children's tea sets. The base is marked "Staffordshire England".
The piece is in great condition, especially considering its age and use by generations of children. Spoon dings inside the covered rim and no other chips cracks or repairs. The pot was hand decorated, so there is variation in the application of the sponging adding to the unique naïve charm. Offered as is, as described. Richly detailed, it is just amazing that this teapot belonged to a child well over 100 years ago!
Miniature spongeware tea sets of this quality are quite scarce, and highly sought after, particularly in this wonderful color.