This elegant cup and saucer is made of the finest Limoges china and decorated in a stunning 3/8" wide beautifully embossed and raised gold border in a classic French 'fleur de lis' design. The gold of this border is still in absolutely stunning, bright condition with no tarnish or deterioration to the intricate design. The handle is glazed in the same heavy gold as is the bottom rim of the cup and inside of the saucer. The cup bowl measures 3 1/2" across and 2" high. The saucer is 6 1/2" across and 3/4" high.
Both the cup and saucer are back stamped with the maker's mark of the Gerard, Dufraisseix and Abbot Limoges mark, used from 1900-1941; the decorator's mark of Charles Haviland used from 1862 and the retailer's mark of Rapfael Weill & Co, who were one of the most highly respected pioneer merchants of quality 'dry goods' In San Francisco from 1885. The Weill's were a French family who were known for the elegance of their goods, many of which were imported exclusively from Paris. Weill & Co was synonymous with The White House from the early 1900's, the family which became one of the finest retailers in San Francisco. The combination of these back stamps, would probably put the age of this set to about the first quarter of the 20th century.
The condition of this 'duo' is absolutely excellent other than very slight gold loss to several small areas of the handle and to the gold detail around the base of the cup and the inside saucer rim. Both cup and saucer have minor rim wear commensurate with age and light use. No cracking, crazing or chips on these fine pieces. This set would be a striking addition to any collection or fine service as well as being an interesting historical representation of the production and retailing of fine china at the beginning of the 20th century.
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