This very fine and quite uniquely shaped hand painted cup and saucer was made by the Philippe Rosenthal factory between 1891 and 1906. The painted design is delicately detailed perfection and depicts a sort of climbing vine with pendulous coral and orange flowers on a very pale light apple green background which fades into white with gilt detail on both the elegant fluted cup and the slightly scalloped saucer. The foot of the cup is 'open' footed with heavy gold detail, which mirrors that on the saucer. The handle is a pretty 'turned' design.
The cup measures 4 3/4" across x 2" high and 3 1/4" at the base. The saucer is 6 1/4" across by 3/4" high. Although there is a small shallow chip (less than 5mm) on the outside rim of the cup (please see photo) and a miniscule pin head size microchip on the other side of the rim, neither of these are noticeable unless the cup is viewed from the underneath. Although it is impossible to see, a slight roughening to the top of the handle can be felt, which may be either an expertly done repair or a production error. There is slight gold loss to the handle. There are absolutely no cracks or other issues.
The mark on the bottom of both pieces is the stamp used by Rosenthal between 1891 and 1906, however the bottom of the saucer also shows the artists initials and 97, which could indicate that it was done in 1897. This is a beautiful example of a piece of porcelain of this age and would make a most decorative addition to a collection for display or 'gentile' service.
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