Childs Ironstone Lidded Biscuit Jar or Sugar Box
Masons Blue Willow
Ashworth Bros, Staffordshire England c 1890
This child or doll size covered sugar or sucrier was originally part of a complete dollhouse child size miniature tea set. Sometimes used as a biscuit jar or cookie jar, the lidded pot of ironstone earthenware, transfer printed in cobalt flow blue in a stylized interpretation of the classical blue willow pattern first introduced by Masons. Tiny, naive folksy imagination, a nice example of early 19th century miniature transferware.
The miniature 'tall' box stands 4 inches tall on a raised pedestal base, 8-panel form with applied molded handles at each end, an inset lid and pointy finial.
The piece is marked with the backstamp of the maker Ashworth Brothers Hanley England. Dates to 1890-1900 from Staffordshire England. An early ware designed to entertain children, intended for children to play with, used to instruct them in proper table manners or for a playtime tea party or simply to decorate a dollhouse table.
The jar is in great condition with no chips cracks of repairs. Minor typical firing imperfections original to the making. A nice example of early miniature Chinoiserie antique ceramics, a fine miniature to add to your flow blue transferware collection or any AAFA Americana advanced collection
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