H97.101.26

Peter Rabbit
c.1920-1960
2.875 in HIGH x 4 in WIDE x 3 in DEEP
(7.30 cm HIGH x 10.16 cm WIDE x 7.62 cm DEEP)
Gift of Mrs. Della Hardmon Guess, Della's Tea Cup Cafe
H97.101.26

Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston, Made in England, Copyright Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter Designs, Peter Rabbit, N 526

The cups and saucers in this collection come from Della's Tea Cup Cafe, 7309 MacArthur Boulevard, Oakland, which was established in February, 1967. The cafe is noted for, and decorated with, a very large collection of tea cups. Some of the cups were purchased by the owner, others were presented to her as gifts, while still others were made for her. The mug is earthenware, glazed in off-white with several plychrome decals from the popular children's story "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" by Beatrix Potter. The front decal (to the proper right of the handle) depicts Mrs. Rabbit holding a basket and standing before three of her children, Flopsy , Mopsy, and Cottontail, who are wearing pink sweaters or capes. Peter Rabbit, in blue, is standing alone and offset from this group, at the lower proper left corner of the decal. The decal opposite the handle shows Peter, in his blue jacket, running (presumably to Mr. McGregor's cabbage patch) and the last decal shows Peter standing before Mrs. Rabbit, who is leaning over to button hisjacket. They are in the woods and the three other children, in pink, are visible in the background, where they are walking along a path. This decal is actually the first in the story; therefore the mug is probably left-handed. There are several other small decals: a stripe of carrot bunches down the curved handle, a bunch of three carrots at the bottom inside, and a pie surrounded by green squiggly lines on the inside just below the rim and to the proper left of the handle. The bottom is marked with manufacturer and copyright information: " Wedgwood of Etruria & Barlaston, Made in England, Copyright Frederick Warne & Co., Beatrix Potter Designs, Peter Rabbit, N 526." When asked about this cup, the donor said: "I really want you to take this. What I like about this is it's original. Let me tell you about this. It's terrible but the lady that used to come in here and was the librarian saw I had this cup and I showed it to her. She said, 'We have that book.' And Della answered, 'I'm going to go check it out.' But she said, 'No. I'll bring it to you.' So she came down the next day with it and she said, 'I just took it off the shelf, took the card out of it and I'm going to give it to you.'

Used: Della's Tea Cup Cafe | Della Hardmon Guess | African American | Drinking | Lynn Neighborhood

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