Offered for your consideration is this Naturalistic Flying Birds Open Sugar and Creamer made by Charles Field Haviland/Gerard Duffraisseix & Morel, Limoges, France from the Late 1800s. Bearing the CFH/GDM mark, a search through reference books and the internet reveals that this set is hard to find. In the style of the era, a hand-painted, realistic flock of swallows in flight dip and glide around each piece. Painted in shades of gray to black with touches of yellow, the flying birds vary in size and position capturing their natural appearance as they approach. Seven birds ring the creamer while nine surround the open sugar bowl. The creamer has a gilded fancy ring handle, and the rims of both pieces drip with brushed gold. The foot of each piece is also gold-trimmed.
The creamer is 2-3/4 inches tall and 2-3/4 inches in diameter at the widest place. It is 3-1/2 inches across the handle and spout with a 1-3/4 inch diameter opening. The matching sugar measures 1-7/8 inches tall and 4-inches in diameter. It has a 2-inch foot.
It is marked in green underglaze "CFH" over "GDM." This mark was used during the relatively short partnership of Charles Field Haviland and Gerard Duffraisseix & Morel, Limoges, France from 1882-1890. According to the Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain, Third Edition, by Mary Gaston, Charles retired in 1881 and Morel left the firm in 1890. The mark is completed with a hand signed artist’s initials “MB.”
There is a smooth, slight dip in the rim of the sugar that is felt rather than seen, and is probably a manufacturing flaw. The gold trim is not affected. There are no other condition issues.
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