This is a stately little set of translucent Limoges porcelain by Bernardaud with tiny formal decorations. A Greek key border adorns both pieces; in black on a gold enamel band, it is inside a narrower border of plain gold. Below the Greek key design is a scalloped line of gold punctuated by stylized fleur de lis; both the scallops and the fleur de lis are enhanced with the tiniest dots of green and a few of red. The cup well of the saucer and the cup’s top and bottom edges are ringed in gold enamel. The handle of the cup is covered in gold. The effect of all this is both formal and festive.
Cup measures 2 5/8” in diam. at rim x 2 ¼” tall x 1 ¼” across foot. Saucer is 4 5/8” in diameter and ¾” high.
The cup is marked under the glaze with B & Co. over a short line with France underneath. The saucer bears the same green mark with L. Bernardaud & Co. in tiny gold print with Limoges beneath. Green mark used 1900-1914 (Gaston, Limoges, mark 1, p.97).
The gold handle seems to have been applied a bit askew in the making. There is a tiny fleabite to the gold on the cup’s rim (shown). There is no other damage of any kind, no cracks, scratches or crazing. We have set the price to reflect the condition of this understated little gem.
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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