A rare survivor of a rare form, this Chinese export porcelain miniature covered jug is decorated in Famille Rose enamels with a charming image of two children going off to school, their mother watching from the doorway. Taken from an 18th century print by Bartolozzi, after a painting by William Hamilton. From a miniature tea set special-ordered for a very special girl, this was indeed an extravagant luxury for a child at this time. One similar set belonging to the Morris family of Philadelphia is illustrated and discussed in Schiffer’s China for the America, page 171. This particular example has a gilded monogram above the decoration which the Morris pieces do not have. Measuring 3 5/8″ tall and in very good condition, late 18th century.