Late 1800s Brilliant Citron yellow Gold Encrusted hand blown Tea cup and Saucer

A brilliant greenish-yellow flint glass (lead crystal) modest size teacup and saucer with finely drawn flowers and leaves on trailing vines. The cup has a hand applied clear lead glass handle and both the cup and saucer have interior surfaces with panels or flutes. This is unusual since their exterior surfaces (outside surface on the cup, underside surface on the saucer) are round and not paneled. Both cup and saucer are hand blown and the interior fluting was added after they were cut from the blow pipe. The base of the saucer has been ground flat and then polished to remove any imperfections (there is some fine concentric rilling from production on the underside of the saucer and just out form the base). Both vessels have encrusted gold decoration made up of thick white applied enamel floral designs that have also been gilded. The rims on both the cup and saucer have been carefully faceted by grinding to make then safe for use rather than fire polishing to remove any sharp edges. The grinding of these thin edges and lips is expertly rendered and required four angled cuts to achieve a safely `rounded' edge (one needs a hand lens/loupe and reflected light to count the faceted linear cuts).

This is nineteenth century Bohemian glass at its best without becoming overly excessive as some late Victorian English glass may demonstrate. This cup and saucer fluoresce yellow under short wave ultra violet light (UV light) indicating that the glass contains lead along with exotic oxides (either Selenium, Gold or both). The cup stands 2 1/4 inches tall and the saucer has a rim diameter of 4 7/8 inches. The workmanship is tasteful and the decoration was first outlined in white vitrified enamel probably using tube-lining. That is, the design work in white enamel on both the cup and saucer look like the result of using a tube with a fine nozzle to squeeze out a white pasty enamel while outlining various motifs. This decorating technique is similar to that used by a pastry decorator when adding designs in colorful trailing frosting to a cake, however it is much finer and more precise. The loops, flowers, leaves and vines reveal small stops and starts as the glass decorator worked across each vessel. Also, very small leaves were reworked with a needle to make them striped. All of the flowers, leaves and vines were trailed in thick opaque white enamel that produces the raised or encrusted affect.

After all of the white enameling was complete, both cup and saucer probably were placed in a lower temperature muffle kiln to permanently set the white enamel but not remelt the glass. After all cooled and the vessels were removed, they were brought to a gilder who carefully painted over the raised white trailed areas with a thin gold enamel (one can see the unpainted white enamel by looking through the backside of each vessel). The gold enamel also required firing in a muffle kiln at an even lower temperature to affix the gold to both the surface of the glass and the raised white enameling. The gilding was applied as a brown film at room temperature and then required buffing or burnishing after maturing in the second muffle firing.

As the above reveals, production of this cup and saucer was labor intensive and requires many more steps than a pressed glass cup and saucer produced at about the same time. It dates from the last quarter of the nineteenth century, although it could date a decade or two earlier. Neither the teacup nor saucer have any makers marks or engraved names. The Moser glass factory in Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia is probably the factory that produce it, however without a mark, this remains a best guess since there were also other high style European glass makers at the time. If any viewer can add more to the likely provenance for this set, do drop me an email - - thanks. In any event, this is a wonderful example of the decorative arts that will draw attention in any setting. And as always, this glass cup and saucer also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return them using my return policy as explained below.

SIZE: The cup holds about 3.5 fluid ounces (about 100 ml) and stands 2 1/4 inches tall along its lip. The saucer has a rim diameter of 4 7/8 inches and sits on a perfectly flat base (ground and polished flat) that is about 1 3/4 inches . The set is perfect for displaying along a window shelf where sunlight passing through it will sparkle a brilliant citron hue and electrify its encrusted gold so that it will capture both attention and conversation.

CONDITION: This cup and saucer are in excellent condition with no chips, no hairlines, no stains, no repairs and no restorations. There is loss to the gold gilding along the rim of each vessel with greater loss on the saucer rim than on the cup (cup rim gilding is probably more than 95% intact). The gliding on the handle on the cup also has suffered loss however this less noticeable because the gilding did not originally cover the entire handle. And so this is a wonderful antique set (i.e., one cup and its original matching saucer) that is guaranteed to capture attention and if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return the set for a refund (cup and saucer are sold as a single lots and must be returned together, see our refund policy noted below for full details).

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Item ID: RL508.a1336nye


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