This vintage demitasse cup and saucer set bears an "MZ Austria" porcelain mark with a crown and an eagle or phoenix bird that was used from 1884 until 1909. The fine egg shell thin china collectible features a regal design with two griffins facing a lyre, accented by flower panels and framed by swags and scrolls. The is round at the rim and its base has an unusual hexagon shape that fits into a hexagon indentation on the saucer.
The interesting set is in excellent condition, with no chips, cracks, crazing or repairs and only faint wear. The cup is about 3" tall; the saucer is about 5" in diameter. Colors include a bone china white background, gold trim, pale yellow border, and green, pink, peach and mauve details.
Sublime and subtle, this set from the Victorian or Edwardian era would make a thoughtful gift for people who enjoy antiques and collectibles. It would also be an wonderful cabinet cups and saucers collection addition.
At the end of the 19th century, Moritz Zdekauer of Prague purchased an existing porcelain factory and began exporting its wares to the USA, South America, Holland and Dutch colonies. In 1909, the well-respected factory was taken over by the German porcelain group C. M. Hutschenreuter. After WWII, it was nationalized. In 1992, the factory was privatized as a stock company called Starorolsky Porcelan Moritz Zdekauer, a.s.