We’re offering this exquisite Herend, Hungary demitasse (or demi tasse) cup and saucer set in an oblong quatrefoil (four leaf) shape. The pattern is the much-loved Indian Basket or Fleurs des Indes, hand painted and flawless. Delicate flowers, bows and tiny leaves all are done with superb mastery in the gayest of colors! A border of minuscule leaves and flowers of green, fuchsia and blue inside two gold lines is divided into fourths by dainty orange bows just inside the cup's rim. This border is repeated on the saucer. A few tiny green leaves seem to float inside the cup, and these are repeated on the underside of the saucer's edge. The rims of both cup and saucer are lined with gold, as is the foot of the cup. The dainty handle of the cup is an irregular square in contrast with the rounded shapes of the two quatrefoils. Brilliant flowers, leaves and baskets adorn the outer walls of the cup and the floor of the saucer. Both of these pieces are trimmed with 24k gold. The delicate little handle also is touched with gold on all sides.
The cup measures 3 1/3" long x 2 3/8” wide at the rim; it is 2 ½” tall with a round foot 1 ½” in diameter. The stunning four-leaf saucer measures 4 7/8” long x 4 ¼” wide; it is about 1” high with a 2 1/8” wide foot.
Both pieces are marked with Herend’s blue over glaze mark, a shield under Herend-Hungary with crossed paint brushes below and Hand Painted under that. Both pieces are marked 4198; the saucer also bears the artist’s initials, FD.
Condition is excellent with no flaws, chips, cracks, scratches, crazing or gold loss. A perfect gift!
We have recently acquired a marvelous estate collection of cups and saucers - mostly demitasse, espresso, and chocolate cups - and will be listing them in small batches over the next few weeks. This is an eclectic collection, with one common element: they were all chosen as pieces of exceptional quality and taste.
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