Early Pearlware Child's Porridge Bowl
MONTHS OF THE YEAR ~~~ DECEMBER
Swansea Wales ~ c. 1840
This is a superb child's transferware porridge bowl made around 1840. The bowl measures 7-1/2" in diameter, with brown transfer printing and hand clobbering in yellow, red, blue and green and a pearlware glaze. The central image features the month of December, depicted as a child at rest upon a staff and an abundance of flowers and foliage.
The image is most commonly found on plates made as part of a series featuring the 12 months and 4 seasons of the year – it is quite rare to find a porridge bowl from the series. The central image is shown in the book Gifts for Good Children written by Noel Riley and published by Richard Dennis. The piece resembles children's wares hailing from the Staffordshire region of England, but according to the author, it is likely that it was made in one of several Northern factories, particularly the Ynysmedw Pottery near Swansea Wales. The bowl has no maker's mark other than an impress “PP” . Plates and mugs and occasionally other objects with images like this were made in the early to mid-19th century to be given as gifts for a special occasion or rewards of merit and were also used to aid in the education of young children.
The bowl is in great condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. There is a spider line on the underside, not really visible from the front. There are stilt marks on the back, original to the making. The transfer is clear and crisp with intricate detail and whimsical styling. The bowl was made with great attention to detail.
This transferware bowl will make a gorgeous addition to any collection of early children's wares and would be a fabulous gift for someone with a child born in the month of December.