This is a pair of Haviland French Limoges 19th century coffee cups and saucers, studio decorated outside of the factory. The date is circa 1888 to 1896.
The cups are two different sizes. The first cup, the one with a hand painted of leaves and daisies, is 2 3/8" by 3 7/8'; this cup is a master coffee cup. The second cup, the one that is hand painted with tendrils of leaves and tiny blossoms cascading from the rim, is 2 ¼" by 3 5/8". The saucers are sippers, meaning there is no cup ring, and they are the same size at 5 ¾".
Each cup and saucer is hand painted differently, with flowers and leaves, and shaded a dark red to a pale mauve or peach. Either cup can be matched with either saucer as the saucers are the same size.
The estate that owned the pair used the master coffee for the husband and the smaller coffee for the wife, sort of his and her cups, similar to his and her towels.
The green underglaze mark on each dish is H&Co L France.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks. One cup has some residue on the bottom that I point to with a red arrow in one photo.
Item ID: RL-503
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