Pair of Abstract Moderne Faience Espresso Cups & Saucers
Each cup is impressed with `SECLA' and `PORTUGAL' on the flat foot ring where the opaque white faience glaze had been wiped off. According to one source, SECLA has been making fine ceramic tableware since 1947. The glaze has tin oxide in it to enhance the enameled decoration. The saucers have coarse crazing (a network of glaze crackling lines) in their glaze while the cups are without any crazing (see all photos). Crazing, for the uninitiated, is simply the result of differential expansion rates between a ceramic vessel's clay body and its overlying glaze. It is not the result of chipping or mishandling and occurs on glazed pottery from 500 years ago just as much as from the last 100 years. But in this particular case of the two saucers, the crazing appears to have been intentionally desired as an additional visual effect.
The saucers are also impressed with marks but the thick tin glaze has obscured any words. Each saucer also has hand written `MADE IN PORTUGAL', `HAND PAINTED', `No 215' and what looks like`Dec 49' and `Dec 79.' There is no hand writing on the cups. But, under the handle of one cup, there is what looks like a decorators personal mark or initial (see photo of handle close up). So if you collect individually painted abstract motifs on pottery in perfect mid 20th century abstract art moderne, then don't let these cups pass you by since who knows when you might see this same quality again. And as always, these items also come with Docs Antiques `no fault' satisfaction guarantee or you may return them as per my return policy for a refund (see Terms of service for full details).
SIZE: The cups stand 2 1/8 inches tall and measure 2 1/4 across at the rim (or 3 1/8 inches maximum from handle to opposite rim). The saucers measures 4 3/4 inches across and stands 3/4 inches tall with 2 1/2 inch diameter foot ring. They have 1 5/8 inch wide recessed cup wells for seating their handled demitasse mate.
CONDITION: All four vessels are in perfect condition with absolutely NO chips, NO cracks, NO wear or scratches, NO stains, NO repairs and NO restorations. They are ready for display or use depending on what you prefer and will certainly draw attention and interest in most nay setting.
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Item ID: RL320.a387
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