This antique baby dish from famed Roseville Pottery (1890-1950's) is part of their Juvenile line, designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead and introduced in 1910. This low bowl has a rolled rim to corral the porridge while feeding baby in a high chair. This is one of Roseville's nursery rhyme dishes, with a colorful transfer in the bottom that illustrates "HIGGLEDY PIGGLEDY, MY BLACK HEN, SHE LAYS EGGS FOR GENTLEMEN." Some of the creamware items were marked with the impressed RV mark, but most were not, including this example.
The upper rim on this bowl features the classic green band outlined in black. The center of the outside of the bowl has a ridge with a black line running above it. It measures approximately 6 1/4 inches across, 1 1/4 inches high and weighs 1 1/4 pounds. The bottom is clean and shows the three stilt marks from the kiln and a few skips in the clear glaze (hard to see but mentioned for accuracy). The bowl is in outstanding condition, all the colors fresh and intact, the creamy matte pottery clean and new looking. The typical light crazing on these pieces is faint on this one due to remaining unstained over the last century. For the collector, the exceptional condition of this Roseville bowl is a delight. As a beautiful gift for baby, it will decorate the nursery and could start a new, cherished collection.
>>> In case you're wondering, here's the complete rhyme: "Higgledy piggledy, my black hen, She lays eggs for gentlemen, Gentlemen come every day To see what my black hen doth lay, Sometimes nine and sometimes ten, Higgledy piggledy, my black hen." We seriously cannot explain its meaning.