EARLY CREAMWARE CHILDS MINIATURE DOLL MUG ~ ~ THE GOOD GIRL’S REWARD ~ ~ STAFFORDSHIRE ENGLAND c 1820
This very scarce tiny mug from the Staffordshire region of England stands a mere 2-1/8 inches tall x 2 inches across the top rim excluding the loop handle with thumb rest.
The wonderful creamy earthenware mug has a bright green painted band along the rim. The image is transfer printed or bat printed in iron red. It depicts a two young girls with their dolls and a doll cradle. The scene it titled ‘The Good Girl’s Reward’. Children’s dolls were their most prized toys and were treated by them as their own children, learning to become good mothers.
Early and very small creamware and earthenware mugs were made as gifts for good children and rewards of merit, this one perhaps given as a reward for good behavior. These tiny cups are quite scarce especially with such a universal subject as this.
The cups is in has an age line on the top rim and no chips or cracks. Well done professional restoration slightly noticeable to the eye and to the touch, along the top rim to the left of the handle, and seen as some cloudiness along the bottom rim around the word ‘THE’ and 'GIRL'. No other chips cracks or repairs. Wear to the top edge and green rim consistent with age and prior use. Haphazardly made, which makes it all the more appealing…a messy painted green rim, bumps and dips in the pottery, ponding of glaze, stray dots of underglaze paint. A rare find and great example of early creamware, offered as is for a price that reflects condition and rarity of the piece.