Rare Childs Transferware Teapot
after Kate Greenaway Staffordshire England c 1880
This gogeous children's transferware teapot dates to 1880. The octagonal shaped pitcher stands 5-1/4 inches tall. Originally part of a complete childs tea set, the teapot is from an unknown maker. Resembling the nursery wares of Charles Allerton it was likely made by another pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England during the 1880s, a period of whimsical children's tea sets influenced by the Aesthetic movement love of nature and the style and characters of Kate Greenaway. We have not found this motif in standard reference books.
The teapot features a big beautiful woolly sheep transfer printed in a dark brownish black. The reverse side shows a young girl inside a backpack carrying basket, awaiting a ride. The piece also features other tiny whimsy on the lid, showing a child knitting while a cat plays with her ball of yard, all drawn in the style of Kate Greenaway. This endearing teapot makes a wonderful addition for a fanciful collection and would complement other transferware patterns with animals.
The teapot is in overall good condition except for an old worn chip on the tip of the spout. Spoon dings inside the rim and inside the lid. No other chips cracks or repairs. Stilt marks and other minor imperfections - glaze ponding, transfer wrinkles, kiln dust - all original to the making and consistent with the typical naïve 19th century childrens' wares. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons people collect these wares. Not fine china, nor was it meant to be; it was made for kids, and probably considered disposable. Silt in the pottery, glazed over dips and bumps, examples of the somewhat crude and primitive application, adding to their folksy charm. Kate Greenaway images on transferware are hard to find and highly sought after, especially in sets. Offered as is.
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