Miniatures

Where does one draw the line for miniatures?  Well, doll-house size, 1/12 scale (or smaller) creamers clearly qualify.  I’ve also chosen to place some slightly larger ones in this category, mainly based on the fact that many of them seem too tiny to effectively serve as real creamers, at least for more than a skimpy serving for a very small person.  And, this is a mixture of creamers and teapots.

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Staffordshire style dollhouse creamer Staffordshire dollhouse coow creamer mark

Lets start the Miniatures catgory with avery special and quite old dollhouse-size (somewhat larger than 1/12 scale) Staffordshire style creamer. I know it's not unique because I have two (forgot I had the first when the second came up).  The seller stated that she discovered this one hidden behind the curtains of the Nantucket  (MA) Fletcher house.  She notes that there is mention in the museum documentation that it is from Holland and from the 1880s, possibly earlier.  I do believe that the Holland attribution is correct, from the sketch of what looks very much like a Dutch girl on the base.  She goes on to state that “This cow creamer was a part of a beautiful Dollhouse created by Cara Van Campen Fletcher, born in 1902. This magnificent house is a copy of the original Fletcher House still standing in Nantucket and built by the Fletcher Family in the 1830s. The estate, farm and caretaker’s cottage was gifted to the Flint Museum of Arts in Michigan in 1957 and Deaccessioned in 2010. The original house measures 58” in length, is three stories tall, ten rooms and a widow’s walk on the roof. The main house was originally built in the 1920’s, Mrs. Van Campen-Fletcher had it shipped to her in 1950 from Nantucket and began the painstaking work of completing the house, farm and caretaker’s cottage”. This creamer is one of several hundred pieces from the dollhouse.

Here is a second early and very special dollhouse cow or rather bull, this time in the form of a rhyton or drinking cup (it is also shown on the Rhyton page). The English seller acquired it at a "very fanous" toy and doll auction, where the specialist informed her it was Edwardian, made by Wedgewood. The jasper coloration and beautiful molding certainly attests to that origin. Doll houses were very populaer in that era which is what likely induced Wedgewood to nter the game(the seller has a few others by them from the same coillection and auction, but this is the only cow/bull).


cow teaset from New Orleans pitcher from cow teaset

Doll House (1/12 scale) : Moving on to more modern versions, I have found four types of these lovely little dollhouse creamers, based on the material they are made from. The first type is china or porcelain or some other version of ceramic, like this ‘tea set’ and the very similar but slightly larger teapot. These can be and often are made in fairly large quantities. The lids of the little teapots here are the tops of their heads and horns. I have seen this set on ebay but I bought mine from the very delightful Black Butterfly Shop on Royal Street in New Orleans in 2000. This shop is run by Myra Landry and her brother Norbert, the 3rd generation of their family to operate it. It survived Katrina, but according to a Washington Post article from their web page, business hasn’t been the same since. The separate cow came from the UK by eBay. I don’t know the maker of either of these. 


V&V cow creamers with blue dots V&R dollhouse cow creamers with delft

Here starts an area of the page with lovely miniature cow creamers and spill vases from V&R Miniatures ( http://rachelsart.ueuo.com" ). This is the company of Vaughan (sculptor) and Rachel (artist) Williams, who design and make a beautiful line of handcrafted (like these creamers) and other porcelain doll house miniatures. They’re located at Lakeside View, Bwlch-y-Garreg, Pontdolgoch, Caersws, Powys, Wales (quite a mouthful; I've checked the vicinity on Google Earth and it's lovely countryside, fields and hedgerows). They have a great web site, and do superb workmanship. To quote from the introduction to their site, "Following traditional pottery techniques from original model to plaster mould, slip casting, firing, glaze and on-glaze firings, there are so many stages to completion! Some of the designs were inspired by English Staffordshire pottery circa 1750 to 1850. They are suitable for most dollhouses. As well as the slip cast pieces we also make many one of a kind Staffordshire miniatures. We also make a wide variety of birds, animals and teapots, and we can custom make individual pieces to order." As you can tell from the pictures, these two pairs - decorated with blue dots on the left, and delft-like patterns on the right -- vary similar but by no means identical.


V&R cow creamer w/trees V&R Jackfield cow creamer V&R black and white cow creamer

Three more from V&R. The one on the left is decorated with what looks to me like fuzzy trees - perhaps a Chinese motif. In the middle is one I asked Rachel to make for me, a miniature version of a Jackfield cow creamer. On the right is a shapely black and white cow with what may be a bluebird on its lid (and a bunch of poster putty to hold it on sticking our - sloppy of me).

Each of these three V&R miniature Staffordshire cow creamers has a different base and personality. The one on the right is decorated with a Chinese blue-willow pattern, much like the larger ones shown on the Staffordshire page. I like V&R's work so much I tend to buy whatever becomes available.

These four, also V&R Miniatures, all have milkmaids.In the left picture, the lady on the left must be doing something special to generate the smirk on her pink cow's face. By contrast, the yellow cow looks a bit worried. The matched set on the right (with the poster putty to hold on the lids showing) seemed to me best to display looking at each other. I assume one if left-uddered and the other is right-uddered.


V&R brown and white cow with milkmaid multicolored V&R

Yet more cute little cow creamers with kneeling milkmaids by Rachel Williams of V&R Miniatures. The one on the left was fashioned without a lid. Or maybe Rachel just forgot...or maybe I lost it, they'e so tiny. I like the fanciful coloration of the one on the right - just not sure what sort of milk comes from cows with blue spots.


V&R Lady and cow spill vase V&R man and cow spill vase V&R Lady and cow spill vase

V&R also make cow and milk maid/man spill vases. Here are three different examples. The chap with the green basket on his head and the lady on the right with the cow with a foreshortened face would fill through the top of the person, while the one on the left has the fill hole on the cow. There is a whole section of spill vases, and an explanation of their use, on the Staffordshire page

V&R Cow & Calf Staffordshire figurine
Of course V&R also make Staffordshire figurines, like this cow and calf. The lady here appears to be holding a bottle of milk, but since the cow seems pretty teatless, I wonder where she got it. Perhaps she is taking on the responsibility for feeding the calf. This one certainly doesn't meet my two-hole (or even one hole) criterion, but is still a very nice piece and was too tempting to resist.


2 V&R cow creamers without bases 2 British porceialn cow creamers from a country fair

We finish up the V&R part of the miniature collection with the two on the left, a matched set of brown and white and black and white cow creamers without bases or lids. On the right is another matched set, quite similar in many ways to V&R's products, but in this case signed "KCR". I bought them from a stand of miniatures at a British country fair in the UK in 1997 and foolishly didn't get the name of the maker.


2 British porcelain cow creamers 2 British porceialn cow creamers with blue dots

These look like V&R's work, and may indeed be, but I didn't get them from them but rather from other Ebay sellers. The two with blue dots on the right came from a vendor in Kent while the ones on the left were acquired from from Mandy Howarth of 'In the Magpie’s Nest' of Cumbria, UK. She sells a nice range of low priced doll-house items at magpies-miniatures.net (which when I last checked indicated it would go out of business at the end of 2019).

Briwn and whiute staffordahire cow creamer

This brown creamer on the quarter came (via ebay) from Little Obsessions in Commak, NJ. This cow is signed “SM” but provides no other information. I have tried to find these folks on the web and came away with lots of sites about 'obsessions', some big, some little, and some rather unmentionable, but none in Commack NJ.


Valerie Casson and similar doll house cow creamers

Here are two very similar porcelain cow creamers from different artisans. The one on the left is from France, made and signed by Valerie Anne Casson, a miniaturist for over 30 years. Her web site (valeriecasson.com) notes that she was born in Britain but moved to Provence in 2002 and is now a committed Francophile as well as a maker of many lovely miniatures (but only this one type of cow creamer). The one on the right bears a sticker that says “BB”, and came from the estate of Mary Werth, who was ‘Den Mother’ for the worldwide miniature group The Camp. I hadn’t realized that there were as many such groups as there seem to be – but in poking around I found a site for the National Association of Miniature Enthusiasts, and they show a map of the US where you can click on your state and find our what clubs are there (none in Alaska!) …or you can also go to the directory at myminiatures.com.

Kay Lewis miniature cow figure

This brown and white cow standing in front of rose covered brocage turns out to be a figure, not a creamer. Oh well, it's cute, and definitely intended to be 'Staffordshire'. The artist is Kay Lewis who seems to specialize in such, and although eBay and pinterest are litteresd with her miniature Staffordshire figures I have been unable to learn anything about her. Her items do seem to be quiote popular, and this one came (via eBay) from the estate of a 96 year old woman who had been collecting dollhouses and miniatures for decades.

French lady cow creamer in Chair Also of French porcelain is this lady pitcher resting in a chair with her blue shawl around her shoulders.  It was sold on eBay by Karen Aird of Karen’s Dollhouse – a good source for little things. I've also found it sold as a 'pig' miniature, and have my suspicions from the shape of the snout that may indeed be correct. Nonetheless it's on my shelf and not about to go away.
Miniature cow creamer with big red nose

This cute little ceramic creamer with the big red nose actually pours. I suppose one could decide it’s supposed to be a bear or such, but it was sold as a cow and I’m willing to accept that.

Milk Bottle doll house cow creamer

This little milk bottle cow, very reminiscent of its larger cousins found on the teapot page, comes from SP Miniatures. Although hard to read, it even says “Drink Milk” in raised letters on the side.

Miniature Holstein cow teapot

Here’s a commercial version of a Holstein teapot – a bit out of place here because it's made of resin of some sort.  I have no idea who made it, but I got it from Dolly’s Gallery of  Danville, VA.  There are all kinds of doll house things on Dolly's web site.

Sitting miniature cow creamer Dragonfly cow creamer in package

The little sitting cow with the daisies and golden eye came from the UK, but with no information on provenance. The little standing creamer in the package is, as the label says, from Dragonfly International, a “handcrafter of quality dollhouse miniature accessories…for the past 25 years” in Roseville, CA (www.dragonflyintl.com). It has a companion cow butterdish.

Karen Aird doll house 'milk' cow

This one is from Karen Aird Miniatures of Basking Ridge New Jersey. I assume that it says ‘milk’ not ‘cream’ because ‘milk’ fits better.


Miniature cow teapot and spice jars
The little teapot with spice jars is unmarked.


Cow teapot and cup feves Animal teapot and cup feves

Here is a little French teapot with a matching cup. It came in company with these 5 other animal teapot and cup sets.  These were sold as French Porcelain feves, and although I have enjoyed many a King Cake (Gateau de Roi, made for Epiphany on 6 January) I hadn’t caught on to the degree to which these ‘feves’ or ‘beans’ that are put in the cake (whoever gets it in his piece is ‘king for a day’ … and in some circles is responsible for baking the next year’s cake) – a long-standing French and Cajun tradition – had become very popular collector’s items. Indeed, I had no ides how many varieties there were until I visited www.epiphany-figures.com, which takes you to “Faboland – Jean-Marie Collections”. Once there I naturally went to the ‘Themes’ section, and lo and behold there is a whole section on ‘vaches’ including this little “le The de vaches” set.


Pink & white cow feve Blue & white cow feve

Two more porcelain ‘feves’, each about ¾” tall. These are indeed cow creamers since there is actually a little fake hole in the middle of each mouth, even if they are a bit fanciful. They came with plates that (like the other animals above) will migrate the home of one of my daughter-in laws who used to live in New Orleans and makes king cakes..


Plastic tiny moo cow creamer Sdie of tiny moo cow creamer

The second type of miniature cow creamer is plastic. I have only two of these, and one is silver colored so it's down with its real silver cousins. Here, standing on the nose of George, is a plastic one I was delighted to find - a miniature Moo Cow creamer, measureing a half inch tall an a quarter inch wide. To learn about Moo Cow Creamers, go to the Advertising and Souvenir page where there is quite a bit of information about them...but basically, they were very popular in the 1970s, and millions were sold. This little beauty was crafted by Anna Rupp who lives in Michigan and trades as Woodland Trail Whimsy. Best I can tell she doesn't havce a separate web site, but you can find her cute and tiny creations on Etsy.


Ann Galvin cow cremaers

The third type of doll-house items are the ‘one-of a kind’ versions hand-fashioned of polymer clay. These three black and white examples come from multi-media artist Anne Galvin, who runs Elf-World Creations out of a studio-workshop in Sussex, England. These little guys all seem to be quite popular and draw nice prices on eBay. Others in my collection include ...

Two doll house cow teapots by Loredona Tonetti

...these sweet teapots by Loredona Tonetti  (Lory’s OOAK) of Italy,


Ellie Baggs miniature tea sets

...these two doll house 1/12 scale tea sets made by Ellie Baggs of Tottenham, London, and


3 more miniature cow teapots

... two on the left by Catherine Rohal (Keepsakes) of Ohio, and a pig-spouted Holstein teapot with a lamb handle by Ann Galvin.

This little polymer clay lidded holstein was made by the same Ellie Baggs who did the cute tea sets on trays above.


Ann Galvin Scottish Highland cow teapot Scottish Highland dollhouse cow teapot

Here are two interpretations of the shaggy Scottish Highland cow. On the left is a teapot by Ann Galvin of Elf World Creations. On the right, this small Scottish Highland cow wearing a scarf (it's cold in the highlands) came from Marie Palmer of Connie Rose Designs in Derbyshire.  I think the little bubble case was meant to protect it during shipping, but the cow looked sort of happy in there so I left it as it came.

cow-pig-chicken miniature teapot

This cow-pig-chicken stack ‘teapot’ was made and sold by Jeanne Brown of Rotherham, South Yorkshire.  These animals all look a bit frightened – not sure what might have spooked them.

Cow over moon miniature teapot

Not a cow teapot precisely, but so cute I couldn’t resist – a delightful miniature interpretation of the cow jumping over the moon, fashioned by Sharon Howard of Illinois.

smallest cow creamer smallest cow teapot on quarter

And here is the tiniest one of all, a cow pitcher from Pamela Scott of FL, just ¼ inch each way.   We need to keep it glued down, or it would get blown away.

There is actually a fourth version of doll-house cow creamers, namely sterling silver ones - although there don't seem to be too many of these. Here, before moving from the doll house scale (these actually seem smaller than 1/12) to slightly larger but still small cow creamers, are the two in my collection. If you’ve already looked at the silver cow page you will have seen and learned a bit about them – the little 1/12 Schuppe model (doesn't look like Schuppe to me but that's what the maker calls it) that’s available from the catalog of Peter Acquisto of Albuquerque, NM, and a similarly scaled cow creamer (actually a bull it seems from the underpinnings) attributed to Eugene Kupjack, which spent some time in a Tynietoy mansion.

silver colored metal cow

Not all silver doll house cows are sterling - this one is silver colored, metal of some kind. It ame from a large dollhoue collection, but the seller was not able to dentify the maker. I decided to shoot her reclining on Gerege's face.

Plastic silver doll house cow creamer

This cute little 1/12 scale cow creamer on a base is also ‘silver’, but only in color since it’s made of plastic. I think it would be much more appropriate for a child’s play dollhouse that the sterling silver ones above.

 Small Guernsey and Jersey souvenir cow creamers

Let's start the 'slightly larger' miniature cow creamers with these two. Like their bigger cousins, miniatures are often used as souvenirs. Here are ones for Jersey and Guernsey. These are much too small to be very useful, but as opposed to most of the the 1/12 scale doll house ones they do have two real holes.

 ersey souvenir cow creamers

Here's a second little island souvenir - a lovely little porcelain cow, not just"A" Jersey cow, but "THE" Jersey cow.


5 small striding cow creamers

In this shot of five with a similar shape, the reddish and white ones are from Germany and the largest, on the far right, from Japan. The other two are unmarked. I have heard these referred to as ‘salesmen’s samples’ as well as doll house toys, and as with many of my creamers, I have paid a wide range of prices for them (usually the most for my first example). eBay has been somewhat helpful in determining what is and isn’t REALLY rare (although usually after the fact), in spite of how folks peddle things. In this case, it's the tiniest that I believe to be most scarce.

Similar J&G

Even with all the bove similar 'samples' I couldn;t resist the darker of these two, for $1.25. What is interesting is the very close similarlty - only very slight differences around the nose plus the slightly different coloration - for miniature creamers from Germany and Japan. I doubt that molds travel that far, so one of them is most lokely a copy made from the original. I won;t hazard a guess re which...


Czeck small cow creamers Czeck small cow creamer mark

This is a slightly larger version of the creamers above – about 3” tall. It's similar in concept but obviously from a very different mold. It bears the circular “Made in Czecho –Slovakia”, shown here but typical of the mthat in red or black on most of my vintage Czechoslovakian creamers. I have ben unable to determine the maker in spite of the many items that used this mark. Perhaps someone could help.

Two small German cow creamers on bases

These two little porcelain cows with wide open mouths standing in grass up to their bellies are impressed with “21945 Germany" on the bottom. Although I didn't know it when I got these, there are very similar creamers in two larger sizes. They are all displayed togethger on Page 1 of Modern Variationa

Cardew miniature teapot, and tea set pitcher

On the right is a little pitcher I borrowed from a china teaset. The whole set is on the Teaset page. On the left is a doll house version of Paul Cardew's cow teapot. There are many examples of his delightful work on the Teapots page.

Now we’re getting to creamers that are a bit larger yet. Still only a couple inches tall, but not at all designed for doll houses, best I can tell. Rather, just small creamers for those that like such things, including some souvenirs for the tourists with tiny suitcases (and common sense).<

Christmas ornament cow creamer

Let's start this area with the only cow creamer I have that is designed to be an ornament - it has a little string loop so you can hang it on the Christmas (or whatever) tree.

Fairing spill vase

A bit of a cheat in that it doesn't pour (of course many of the 1/12 ones doen't either) this is a handpainted German porcelain bisque 'fairing' cow spill vase dating from around 1860 when these prizes at touring fairs were very popular. It is shown with my other spill vases at the bottom of the Staffordahire page, but I found that at about 3" tall and wide it fit beautifully on my miniatures shelf o it appears here as well..


small cow and pig sma;; Karuizawa cow creamer

These cute very small cow and pig were sold as a sugar and vreamer pair, but enough digging on the weg convinces me otherwise. Lets take them one at a time.

The tiny but fully functional cow creamer with the puffy cheeks has no indication of its maker, but is obviously a souvennir of Karuizawa. Fom Japan-guide.com and Wikipedia we learn that "Karuizawa (軽井沢) is an upmarket mountain resort at the foot of the active volcano Mount Asama in Nagano Prefecture. Located at an altitude of roughly 1000 meters, the town provides a pleasant escape from the summer heat. It was promoted as a mountain resort by Western residents of Japan in the late 1800s, and today many wealthy urbanites own a second home there. Thanks to the Hokuriku Shinkansen it takes little more than an hour to reach Karuizawa from central Tokyo." "The area of present-day Karuizawa was part of ancient Shinano Province, and developed as Karuisawa-shuku, a post station on the Nakasendō highway connecting Edo with Kyoto during the Edo period....(Mount Asama) is classed as a Category A active volcano. A small eruption was detected in June 2015, a more significant eruption spewing hot rocks and a plume of ash occurred in February 2015. Mt. Asama's most destructive eruption in recent recorded history took place in 1783, when over 1,000 were killed. The volcano is actively monitored by scientists and climbing close to the summit is prohibited." OK, tiny cow souvenir of a volcano...

I wasnn't even going to bother with the little pig - it;s fashioned as a tiny pitcher - but it has a round pink sticker on the bottom that reads "RUNE" in the middle and "Love Space with Runc Co. Ltd, Made in Japan" around rhe edge. So I hit the web and learned from Wikipoedia that "Rune Naito (Japanese: 内藤 ルネ, Hepburn: Naitō Rune, November 20, 1932 – October 24, 2007) was the pen name of Japanese artist, illustrator, writer, and designer Isao Naito (ないとう いさお, Naitō Isao).His illustrations of "large-headed" (nitōshin) baby-faced girls, first drawn for Japanese magazines in the mid-1950s, are credited with pioneering the contemporary culture and aesthetic of kawaii (lit. "lovable" or "cute"). He is further noted for his contributions to the Japanese gay men's magazine Barazoku, the first commercially circulated gay magazine in Japan." So then I went to Etsy,com and searched under his name and found a whole bunch of little ceramic figures, some with quite hefty price tags, alomg with some of his non-erotic art. So at any rate, after all this effort I figured he deserves a place on a shelf even if not right next to his cow friend.

Robust Italian cow creamer

This robust little guy is from Deruta, Italy.  The web (www.derutaitaly.com ) informs us that “Deruta is a small town placed in the middle of Umbria, famous all over the world for its classical and modern ceramics. Its artistic tradition dates back to Etruscan period, but it is in the Renaissance that Deruta reached its artistic perfection.”  The town seems to be most famous for its majolica ware. This interesting web site contains quite a bit about the history of the area, but alas says nothing about cow creamers.  Maybe some plate-maker just had a bit of clay left over.


Miniature Cow creamer on a rock British cow creamer on green base

On the left, the lovely little dark brown and white cow on a stand that looks like a rock came (via eBay) from the UK.  It doesn’t have any markings, but the quality of the pottery and the shape of the head and ears makes me think that it might be German. The one on the right is also from the UK, again with no markings for maker or locale. They appear to be from the same mold, albeit the light brown one has a lot less definition.


Sitting green cow creamer Small porcelain cow creamer with violets

Both of these are unmarked, but I strongly suspect they are from the UK or Europe. The little sitting green cow is fairly heavy ceramic, and its very different neighbor here is a porcelain calf decorated with violets.


Rio Hondo cow creamer & friends Cute little sitting cow creamer

These are all American. The one in the middle in the left picture bears a silver sticker for "Rio Hondo Potteries, El Monte Calif, Made in California". Rio Hondo made figurines from 1939 to the mid-1950s, according to the list of California Potteries in Wikipedia. This was apparently a popular mold, used by a number of other potteries - including perchance Suwannee. They can quite often be found for offer on ebay. The cute but pensive little cow on the right is unmarked but from the nature of the ceramic and the expression, it must almost certainly be from the US. I have never seem another like it.

Small Toritos de Pucara

These three little bulls are Torito’s de Pucara – little bulls of Pucara, from Peru.  This form dates from the days of the Spanish colonization, since there were no bulls in Peru until the Spanish brought them.  In their normal size they serve as ritual elements for cattle branding ceremonies, as prosperity and good luck charms found on the roofs of many Peruvian homes, and of course as souvenirs.  You will find some bigger ones and more information about them on both the Places and the Rhytons pages.  I was delighted to find the miniature simple clay versions on eBay. The little black one that came from Novica is by Maribel Posso Olivares who with a friend now heads a workshop with about 12 artisans, creating ‘alasitas’ which are tiny items reflecting wishes. These three little toritos are all shown in the company of their larger colleagues on the Rhytons page.

Very cute small cow creamers

I think this form of cow creamer is extremely cute. I initially bought one that was a Swiss souvenir, and it turns out that it had cousins. The larger of these two (no spots) has Japanese markings on the base.

Very cute small cow creamer

Here is a close cousin of those just above. Very slightly larger, and with a yellow bell. It's a Japanese souvenir, bearing a decal on the bottom for "Sirakabako" which turns out to be a resort area in Nagano Prefecture.


Long necked cow creamer latte cow creamer Sitting up cow creamer with ribbon

Three very different ones here - on the left, the long necked cute creamer with the big eyelashes is artisan-made, bought in an antique shop in Salisbury MD. It bears a flower like symbol and "B 'by P" The 'latte' creamer has a mark that says from“ZOPPOLA, PN, M.G.R.”, with something around the outside and “Made in Italy”, albeit I got it at an antique and collectibles shop in Shrewsbury PA. The little patriotic one on the right is simply an inexpensive eBay purchase. There's a similar blue and white one further down the page.


Multicolored 2 leg Japanese cow creamers

Moving to Japan, here are five fanciful wild eyed creamers with front and back legs both fused together side to side. They probably date to the late 1940s or early 1950s.  Lots of variations on essentially the same idea, and most likely all from the same maker. One of them has a souvenir decal, now somewhat obliterated.


Standing Japanese cow creamers Japanese kneeling cows

These are also Japanese, variations on a theme, less fanciful than the ones above.


Sitting and Standing Japanese cow creamers Japanese sitting bulls

More Japanese interpretations. A sitting/standing pair, rather crudely fashioned, and two squatting bulls. These bulls also come in larger sizes as shown in Modern Variations. They must have been very popular in their day, presumably due to the story of Ferdinand the Bull, because they proliferate on ebay.


Two Pioneer Mfg NY bulls in grass Short nose Japanese cow creamer in grass

On the left are a couple of Japanese miniature creamers standing in a field with pink flowers. They are marked for “Pioneer Mdse Co, N.Y., Japan” inside a keyhole shaped emblem and are souvenirs of Niagara Falls and Biloxi Miss.  The sort of ugly one on the right, also in grass – with a foreshortened nose and no horns – is also pretty obviously Japanese, but unmarked.


Green & yellow square faced cow head creamers Cow heads with Chinese willow marks

Small cow heads here. The yellow and green caricatures are marked Japan. The two little ones with what looks to be 'Blue Willow' decorations aren't marked but are most likely from China. At one time I considered using them as models for pawns and commissioning a silver cow creamer chess set. My wife thankfully talked me out of that expensive folly.


tine Japanese curly tail cow creamer iugly little Japanese cow creamer

I have several of these nice Japanese black and white curly-tailed cow creamers , in various sizes and shapes but all more or less similar. This is a very tiny version. On the right is a much uglier or perhaps meaner version of a tiny cow - presumably from either just before or after WWII, and certainly not one of the finer pieces of Japanese ceramics.


Blue and white sitting cow creamer Cow Head pitcher and cow face jug

On the left is a fairly modern Japanese cow creamer. On the right is a reddish head pitcher from Japan, accompanied by a tiny American cow "face jug". Neither of these are creamers per so, but I got the pitcher because of its similarity to larger ones, and couldn't resist the ugly but typical little face jug even though it doesn't pour.

Two miniature cow teapots

Tiny teapots should not be left out. The little farmer holding the milk bottle wouldn’t have a chance of holding a regular sized tea bag, let alone any real tea.  “Collectible” I suppose.  I do find that using a cake as a spout a rather interesting idea.

 

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