Rare assembled tea set comprised of tray, teapot, lidded sugar and cream. The design developed in 1855 by Ernst August Leuteritz, the head of the design department at Meissen. The pattern is known as Shape 15, Form 3. This iteration is solid white with gold decoration. All pieces are marked with the underglaze blue crossed swords. However, the tray and the tea or coffee pot bear an inscribed alpha-numeric C 144 and C 147 a/. This actually dates these pieces to between 1855-1870. The lettering system was developed in 1850, and the letter C is third in the series of 26 letters. So we know the pieces to be quite old. The cream and sugar appear to be later. Neither bear any "Germany" marks; suggestive of a pre-1891 date. But the loss to the gold is lighter and they incised numerals are a bit different. The cream still has a similar alpha-numeric; but incised rather than inscribed by hand. The sugar has only an incised numeral "19"; a bit hard to be sure. Offered separately is a cup and saucer that matches this set. Likely a 20th century addition to the collection.
Condition is very good. There is some wear to the gold, particularly on the pot and tray, which seem to be the oldest pieces. The sugar has one very small chip inside the lower lip of the rim of the bowl (please see photo.) Otherwise, the porcelain is in amazing condition; no flakes, crazing, hairlines, etc.
Dimensions: Tray: 18.5" long, 13.25" wide and over 1" edge. Pot: 7" tall, 7" long & 4.25" diameter Cream: 4.75" high, 4.5" long & 3.25" diameter Sugar: 4.25" high, 4: diameter at the widest.
Item ID: 998
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