Early Childs Dollhouse Teapot
RS Prussia Germany 1915
This child size teapot, dating to 1915, was originally part of a complete dollhouse tea set made for childs play. Decorated with transfer images of Kewpies – Kewpie Dolls or Kewps -- against a white porcelain blank with pink and yellow daisy embellishments. Each side portrays Kewpies playing together in groups of two.
Kewpies were the invention of Rose O'Neill (1874 – 1944) an American illustrator, artist, and writer who created the popular comic characters. (She married Leon Wilson in 1902.) After the growing popularity of O'Neill's Kewpie cartoons upon their publication in 1909, the characters were made into bisque dolls in 1912 followed by ceramic Kewpie tea sets and related porcelain nursery wares.
The lidded teapot stands 5-1/2 inches tall and measures 5-1/s inches across, with a scalloped rim and loop finial on top. The piece is marked in green "Copyrighted - Rose O'Neill Wilson - Kewpie - Germany". It was made by R.S. Prussia at Royal Rudolstadt in Germany.
The teapot is in great condition with no cracks, chips or repairs. In the making irregularities, glaze pops, dips and waves, consistent with age. A lovely addition for the collector of Kewpie and/or Children's dishes. Please send us an email with any questions or if you would like to see additional photos.