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Miniature Brown Aesthetic Transferware Teapot ~ WATER HEN
Child's Brown Aesthetic Transferware Teapot
Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire, England c.1885
This miniature of child's transferware teapot dates to 1885. The color is a rich chocolate brown or sepia against a creamy white earthenware. The tea pot stands about 5 inches tall in an octagonal shape with an applied square handle and square finial. It features features a water hen or Guinea Hen (the English name for the American Coot ) feeding in a lily pond with cat tails and reeds. The background is an aesthetic composition of lush flowers, swallows, and an inset of a castle. There is a zig zag patterned trim along the rim of the lid and handle.
This pattern is pictured and discussed in Lorraine Punchard's Playtime Porcelain and Pottery as well as Petra Williams' Romantic Staffordshire. The teapot is unmarked. Other pieces in this pattern are marked with the pattern name and number 754 and "CA & Sons" inside a belt shaped cartouche. The teapot was made by Charles Allerton and Sons, a pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England who was well known for his whimsical children's tea sets.
The teapot is in great condition, with a tiny nibble on the edge of the spout, a small chip on the inside/underside of the lid, and no other chips cracks or repairs. There are the usual imperfections associated with these early primitive children's wares, with a minor transfer wrinkle and a few stray dots of brown paint original to the making. Remnants of an old label or tab on the bottom. The little teapot is in amazing condition for its more than 125 years of age!
Children's brown aesthetic transferware in this desirable pattern are scarce. The teapot will enhance any collection of children's wares or aesthetic transferware. We have also listed a matching tea plate -- the two pieces will make a great collection!
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