Ware of the Week

Transfer Print: Juvenile

Manufacture date: Throughout the nineteenth century 

Common vessels: Plates, Mugs, Teawares

the-young-gardenerJuvenile transferprint motifs are found on vessels, such as small plates and mugs, that were made for children’s use. These ceramics were often smaller in size and had child appropriate decoration depicting moral lessons, nursery rhymes, educational themes or, images of children at play.

Juvenile motifs can frequently be identified by the inclusion of text as well as images, which is uncommon on other transferware motifs meant for adult use. Other indicators of child’s ceramics are plates with moulded borders (often a daisy or alphabet motif) and handpainted elements layered, often inexactly, on top of the transfer motif.