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Exceptionally Pretty Antique Limoges Teapot with Mauve and Gold Decoration
Mary Gaston's book (The Collector's Encyclopedia of Limoges Porcelain identifies the Limoges mark on this teapot as dating from 1891-1914 (Coiffe mark 2). She does not, however, show one single teapot in that book that is a true comparable or that comes close to being this pretty! There is one, in just gold and white (plate 193, page 88) that she values at between $300-350.00. In my estimation, the shape and decoration on this teapot is better and prettier.
This teapot is in as mint condition as you can possibly imagine an antique teapot to be! No chips, cracks, crazing, repairs, etc. The bright gold on the handle, foot, spout and trim is as bright and intact condition as it was over 100 years ago!
The pot has a very fancy scrolly handle, foot, and top rim. The finial on the handle is fancy as well. Clean as a whistle. Probably never or very rarely used to serve tea. Most likely kept in a closed cabinet its entire life. Obviously coveted by its owner(s). The pot measures 9 1/4" across from the tip of the spout to the outer edge of the handle. It stands 6" high to the top of the finial.
The base color is pure bright white with reserves of deep purple/mauve over which is a gold floral pattern. We filled the pot with water and measured and it holds about 2 1/2 cups.
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