Staffordshire Childs Cat Mug Kittens In The Tub Polychrome Transfer Ware C1850 For Sale
Comical Childrens Cat Mug
Victorian Era Polychrome Transferware
THREE KITTENS in the TUB
Staffordshire England c1850
This comical antique childs mug stands 2 5/8” tall and measures 2 3/4” across, with an applied loop handle. It features cat and kittens. All the critters have very expressive faces similar to the imagination of Louis Wain the original and brilliant Victorian catman .
The amusing central image features a trio of crazy cats creating chaos in the bath tub. The cats are diving and climbing into the tub causing pitchers and towels and bowls to topple onto the floor. A scene well known by any person who lives with cats!
The mug is unmarked and the maker is known, but it was most assuredly made in the
Staffordshire district of England c. 1850. The illustration on this mug may have been part of a series of images from the story of the Three Kitten who lost their mittens. Similar images of cats and kittens
are shown in the book Gifts for Good Children written by Noel Riley and
published by Richard Dennis. Plates and mugs with descriptive images like this
were made in the early to mid-19th century to be given as children's gifts for
a special occasion or rewards of merit and were often used to aid in the
instruction of young children. Illustrations from childrens books were often
the source of decorations like this one. Great expression on the cats faces and
body language hinting that there is more chaos to come. Cat images on early antiques are very hard to find.
The mug is in overall fair condition, with a noteworthy chipped crack descending from the rim, as shown in the closeup photos. No other chips, cracks or repairs. The transfers are clear and crisp. Stilt marks with one transfer wrinkle original to the making. Intricate detail and whimsical cat humor. It displays beautifully, making a gorgeous addition to any serious collection of early children's wares or Louis Wain collector or for someone with a kitten or two in their house. Offered as is.
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