In a holiday spirit is this cobalt and gold demitasse (or demi tasse) set by Lindner of Kuep, Bavaria. The inside of the cup is covered with shining gold. Both pieces are covered with glossy cobalt glaze and each is divided into panels, four wide and four narrow. The panels are defined by lines of gold enamel which also adorns the rims of cup and saucer, the “broken loop” handle of the cup and its small pedestal. The underside of the saucer is covered in cobalt glaze (except for the table ring which is unglazed). The dainty cup has a waisted shape; the tops of the panels give a scalloped effect to the flared upper portion.
The cup measures 3” across the rim x 1 ½” at foot; tiny pedestal is 1/8” tall. The saucer is 4 ½” in diameter x ½” high.
Mark (on both pieces) under the glaze gold is Lindner in script over a line, under a curved line with rays. Below is Kueps, Bavaria. Under that in script is Echt [genuine] Cobalt. The number 157 appears on both pieces. The cup is marked with 8 and the saucer with 2 (or a rubbed 8). Mark used from 1948-1981 (Kovel’s mark I, p. 154; pictured with variant glaze in Collectible Cups and Saucers vol. 3, Harran, p. 130).
The condition of both pieces is excellent with just a minimum of wear to the gold of the saucer and a bit of dulling to the upper portion of the gold handle; both to be expected from use and age. There is no damage of any kind, no chips, scratches, cracks or crazing. (White and red areas on saucer - spots, lines and blobs - all are caused by reflected light; cobalt surface is in excellent condition!)
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. Included you will find sets for all budgets, from Herend to Haviland, Aynsley to Copeland Spode. Cups and saucers - especially the diminutive demitasse - make a wonderful Christmas present for someone special. If you're interested in a particular maker or style you don't see, please email us, and we may have it on hand.
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