Invalid and Infant Feeders
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Invalid Feeder
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Large porcelain invalid feeder with a short, curved spout attached near the top of the cup. The entire feeder is covered in a blue design via transfer printing. Transfer printing was developed in England in the mid–18th century and involves printing a pattern on a tissue via a copper plate and then transfering it onto the ceramic object.
The blue and white pattern is the ever famous "Willow Pattern" that was of British design but was strongly influenced by 18th century Chinese prints. It is of popular belief that the pattern tells the tragic story of two young lovers in China who ran away from their town to be together. Classic elements to the pattern, such as the ship and the fence around a house, contribute to the understanding of the story.
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