Absolutely perfect antique Haviland porcelain demitasse and saucer by the Gerard, Dufraisseix & Morel with hand colored washes, encrusted white enamel accents and burnished gold that is guaranteed to be over 125 years old. When Charles Field Haviland retired in 1881, Gerard, Dufraisseix and Morel took over his factory and continued using his underglaze green mark CFH but with the addition of their own initial GDM placed below it to emphasize the distinction (see Mary Frank Gaston's Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain, pages 178-179, published by Collector's Book in 2000 with 2003 update). The CFH / GDM underglaze mark in green is on both the saucer and the handled cup listed here and was used by Gerard, Duffraisseix & Morel until 1891 when France was added below the GDM to comply with the McKinley Act (see all photos). The overglaze red mark on the saucer represents an importers or decorator's mark that is incomplete and not easily identifiable.
The cup and saucer are eye catching to say the least. All of the decoration is over the glaze and consists of a floral pattern lightly printed in grayish-brown and embellished with transparent color washes added by hand also rendered over the glaze. Other decorative touches include encrusted opaque white enamel dabs and dashes that protrude enough to catch light and give a three dimensional effect to the decoration, and burnished gold bands and lines so fine that a single camel hair brush had to be used (see first photo where one can just make out the fine gold band on the inside of the cup just below the gold rim edge at the top that is as thin as a cat's whisker).
The colors on these vessels include all three primary colors (red, yellow and blue) as well as several shades of secondary colors (several greens, blue green, orange, purple and pink). The colors are soft and their translucent qualities give them the appearance of watercolor washes over fine sepia drawings. The delicately split handle is molded to appear as if it is made from two splints lashed together. Gold bands help create this effect along its spine and back side (see photos). There are birds and butterflies on each vessel and one might call the decoration a restrained form of Art Nouveau. Both handled cup and saucer are egg shell thin and the cup measure about 59/1000 inches or 1.6 mm thick at the rim (just about 1/17 of an inch). Obviously, this little cup and saucer has been very well taken care of over the last two centuries to make it to today without a single chip or hairline fracture. Even its overglaze decoration more is more than 99.5% intact. One would be hard pressed to find another cup and saucer just like it in better condition today without traveling back in time some 123 to 132 years to obtain one for yourself just as the kiln was being unloaded by the workers. As such, they would make a thoughtful gift for someone who enjoys fine objects with cheerful colors and naturalistic themes. And if this item so happens to catch your interest now, then I suggest you consider purchasing while it is still available especially since it also comes with my full 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This is a small cup & saucer set was probably made for a desert or coffee service. The term demitasse set may be more appropriate since the cup holds about 3 fluid ounces or 87 ml. The saucer has a rim diameter of 4 1/2 inches, a foot ring diameter of 3 1/4 inches and stands 5/8 inches tall along its outer rim edge. The handled cup stands 2 3/16 inches tall, has a rim diameter of 2 1/8 inches and a base or foot diameter of 1 15/16 inches. Both pieces are made of very thin porcelain and together both pieces weigh about three ounces. As such, they are a nice size for displaying along a window sill or ledge, shelf, table top, counter or mantle and their delicate beauty and hand colored decoration will certainly capture attention in most settings.
CONDITION: This porcelain small cup and matching saucer is perfect condition with no production defects and no chips, no hairlines, no stains, no major scratches, no repairs and no restorations. It overglaze burnished gold and overglaze polychrome decoration are more than 99.8% intact. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this basket for a refund (please refer to our complete refund policy as explained farther below).
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