Simple elegance describes this cobalt blue and gold demitasse set. The floor of the saucer, and the cup's outer walls are covered with smooth, glossy, cobalt blue while the interior of the cup is covered entirely with gold enamel. The cup's outer rim, foot and little loop handle are enhanced with gold, as are the saucer rim and the ring around the cup well. The floor of the cup well and the underside of the cup are pure white, in striking contrast. The bell-shaped cup measures 2 ¾” across the rim x 1 ½” tall x 1 ¼” across the foot. The saucer is 4 3/8” in diameter x ½” high.
The mark on both pieces is a variant of the oval shaped mark adopted in 1914 to celebrate 100 years of Hutschenreuther porcelain making. Inside the oval is the crest under a crown with 1814 on one side and 1914 on the other. The variant here is that Bavaria is in the German spelling, Bayern. We have found this mark in red in several places, each giving a different date. But one mark, which we tend to trust, gives 1948-1970, and we’re going with that, as it’s at least in the ballpark. So, mid-twentieth century, in excellent condition and gorgeous!
There is very minor gold loss to the ring in the saucer and a bit of surface wear to the interior of the cup. (White spots are from the flash.) It really is gorgeous!
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