Child's yellow glazed earthenware mug with copper/pink luster trim. The side is decorated with a depiction of a human in rustic clothing with a stick on one shoulder, from which are hanging five rabbits. A domesticated pet animal (a cat, judging by the size) can be seen in front of the feet of the person. The pattern is printed in black.
Pieces of this type are sometimes referred to as "canary" ware or "canary luster" ware.
These kinds of wares were mostly made in England (in Staffordshire, but also in Yorkshire. Liverpool, Leeds, Sunderland and elsewhere), mostly in the last decades of the 18th and early decades of the 19th century.
As is typical of pieces of this type, the mug bears no maker's mark. The piece measures 2-3/4" in diameter x 4-1/4" wide x 2-1/2" high. It weighs just over 4 ounces.
A note on the photographs: The white marks that can be seen on the inside of the mug were caused by light reflected off the glaze.
Condition: very good for a child's mug of this age and type. Most of the wear to be found on the piece is to the luster (both the metallic and the yellow), and is found predominantly on the handle and around the top edge. The printed decoration is in very good condition, with only minor wear. There are some scratches in the glaze near the printed design, and a few smudges made by the decorators during production. There is one (likely firing) crack at the lower end of the applied handle, which appears to have been glazed over. The crack appears to be quite stable. There is light discoloration to the ceramic in the area of the crack. There is unevenness and roughness in the ceramic along the top edge, all instances of which are under the luster trim. We have not identified any breaks or chips on the mug.
A nice example of yellow glazed earthenware, and of English-manufactured children's wares.
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