Pair of antique, late Victorian thick hand painted porcelain salt and pepper shakers, boy and girl children wearing hats, down inside a coil of rope, resting their elbows on the top of the coil. This was an enormously popular motif in its day, and was made by multiple makers in multiple countries, and the painted decoration varies, too. Often referred to incorrectly as Kate Greenaway, etc. Sometimes there is an anchor on the rope coil, an allusion to the Navy or merchant marine, but definitely originally a reference to children watching the activities on the wharfs, safely dropped down in a coil of rope. They measure three and one eighths inches high. The boy has a lot of speckling in the glaze as shown, and both need fresh corks. No damage. They likely did not start life together, as their decoration is a bit different, she is accented with blue and he had gold around his hat and no blue. . They are darling on a shelf, looking over their rope at what's going on.
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