EARLY CHILDS TRANSFERWARE MUG
PUNCH AND JUDY
Charles Allerton Potteries ~ Staffordshire England ~ c. 1890
This is whimsical little child's transferware mug, circa 1890. This diminutive piece stands 2 3/4 " tall x 2 7/8 " wide with an applied loop handle. The mug is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze.
It is transfer printed in blue green with the entire Alphabet printed around the top rim. The mug features the fabulous characters from the Punchinella puppet show (dating back to Italy in the early 17th century) of Punch and Judy & baby, along with a fanciful pipe-smoking frog. These whimsical characters, surrounded by an aesthetic display of flowers and geometrical whimsies, wrap around the outside of the mug. This pattern is pictured and discussed in Lorraine Punchard's Playtime Porcelain and Pottery as well as in Gifts for Good Children (Volume 2) written by Maureen Batkin and published by Richard Dennis .
The pattern name is "Punch". The set was made by Charles Allerton & Sons, a pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England in the mid-to-late 19th century, known for his whimsical children's teasets. It is marked with the maker's name.
The condition of this exceptional mug is great. Light age patina and some of the transfers are flowing or smudged.
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