CHILDS BROWN TRANSFERWARE TEAPOT ~ WATER HEN
Victorian Child's Brown Aesthetic Transferware Teapot
Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire England c. 1890
This is a wonderful miniature child's transferware teapot, circa 1890. Originally part of a complete children's tea service, the little rare pear shapedl pot stands about 5-1/2" tall to the top of the finial, with an applied handle on the side. Transfer printed in a rich chocolate brown.
The decoration features a water hen (the English name for the American Coot ) feeding in a marshland filled with reeds and lily pads. The image wraps around the perimeter of the jug, surrounded by an aesthetic composition of lush flowers, swallows, and fantastic cartouche of a castle. There is a zig zag patterned trim along the rim of the lid. This pattern is pictured and discussed in Lorraine Punchard's Playtime Porcelain and Pottery as well as Petra Williams' Romantic Staffordshire.
The piece was made by Charles Allerton & Sons, a pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England who was well known for his whimsical children's tea sets. The pattern name is "Water Hen". It is unmarked. The pattern is commonly associated with Allerton's pattern number 754.
The teapot is in great condition. Minor manufacturing imperfections original to the making.
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