1930s Child's Pottery Baby Bowl
An adorable bowl made just for babies, this heavy white earthenware piece was made in Czechoslovakia in the 1930's. The quirky transfer decorations around the rim include a crow wearing a golden crown, a sprig of leaves and a very gnome-ish man with a pointed hat, bent over his cane. The word "BABY" is printed in blue at the top. In the bottom of the bowl is a transfer of three boys wearing neck scarves with matching blue hats and yellow clogs (love the patches on their pants).
The bowl is small but deep, with a painted blue line circling its waisted middle. It's covered with a clear, glossy glaze on all but the foot. The circular, stamped red mark on the bottom reads MADE IN CZECHO-SLOVAKIA; the letter E in red possibly designates the transfers used, since we've had this bowl with the same form and different decorations. The piece measures 5 1/4 inches across both top and bottom, stands 1 3/4 inches high and weighs 15 ounces. In exceptional condition, unstained and with the transfers intact, there is some wear to the dry foot, which also has a flake off the pottery near the mark; it's glazed over, so it happened during production, possibly when the stamp was applied. For a bowl meant to be used to feed a baby every day to be in this condition, it was probably displayed unused. It's perfect for the collector, new mom gift and charming décor for the nursery.