Childs Cobalt Blue Aesthetic Transferware Tea Set
Staffordshire, England c 1895
This striking child's miniature tea set dates to c1895-1900. Made for childrens tea parties at playtime and to teach little girls the proper decorum for managing a home, the little set comprises:
Teapot, 4-1/2 inches tall Open sugar bowl, 1-5/8 inches tall, 3 inches across Creamer or milk jug, 2-1/4 inches tall 4 Cups, 2 inches tall and, 4 Saucers, 3-7/8 inches across.
The set is transfer printed in brilliant cobalt blue sometimes called flow blue abundantly decorated with busy Aesthetic Movement design featuring a sailboat and tail ship in harbor surrounded by dogwood flowers, castles, and other landscape, a nice example of the Victorian love of nature and the exotic.
The set was made in the Staffordshire region of England. The exact maker is unknown. One piece of the set is marked “British Made” and “Seaview”. The set dates to the latter part of the nineteenth century.
The set is in overall very good condition with a fine line inside one cup and no chips, cracks or repairs. Stilt marks, transfer skips and wrinkles original to the making and consistent with age. Not fine china, and not meant to be; it was crudely made for children and probably considered disposable. The transfers are not always aligned neatly and there is some runny glaze and bumps and dips and transfer wrinkle and overflown blue glaze on bottom occurring in the factory. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. The set displays beautifully. A great example of naive and whimsical early wares! Offered as is.
A wonderful Aesthetic pattern, richly detailed in an earthy and festive pattern. A perfect gift for any collector of early miniature dishes. Offered as is. We have listed other pieces in botanical and animal transferware to mix and match.