Miniature Pearlware Transferware Sugar
John and Robert Godwin Staffordshire, England ~ c. 1835
This is an extremely scarce miniature toy sucrier or sugar pot, recently found in London. Made of creamy earthenware pearlware, and transfer printed in a rich and earthy chocolate brown or sepia, the sugar stands 3-1/2" tall to the top of the flower finial, and measures about 4" in diameter. It stands on four little feet, has a bulbous middle and two applied handles. It dates to c. 1835 or earlier.
The sugar is unmarked. The pattern name is "BIRD" , made by John and Robert Godwin, a pottery maker in the Staffordshire district of England in the early to mid 19th century.
The sugar features four large exotic birds around the perimeter, sitting on tree branches surrounded by flowering buds and vines. The lid has three more birds in flight surrounding the finial. There is a tiny + and O border trim. It is finely potted with great attention to detail.
The piece is in very good condition, with no chips, cracks or repairs. A few spoon dings on the inside rim, and an underglaze nibble on the pad of one of the feet. The finial is slightly lopsided and surrounded by blue pooled pearlware glaze, original to the making. These finely made miniature pieces (or perhaps doll dishes) are getting to be so hard to find, particularly in such an exotic pattern. This little sugar, is offered as is. A great example to add to your collection of hard to find patterns. Bird lovers will be especially drawn to this little sucrier!