This fine porcelain chocolate cup and saucer made by Moritz Zdekauer features a scalloped saucer and a tall dainty cup with a scalloped foot.
The inside of cup and underside of saucer both are pure white. Cup and saucer both are gilded at the rims, and both are boldly hand painted. The ground of both pieces is a blend of air-brushed peach and dull green over which are fanciful orchids in muted tones of yellow, dark peach, maroon and green. The dainty scrolled handle is dark green and beige. The artist seems to be making an Arts and Crafts statement on an art nouveau piece; the effect is stunning!
The cup is 3 ¼” tall x 2 ¼” wide at rim x 1 3/8” wide at foot. Saucer is 4 ¾” wide x ¾” high.
Mark on saucer in green, is a double eagle under a crown with a cross and MZ over Austria. Mark was used until 1918 (efineantiques). According to Kovel’s on line, Moritz Zdekauer Co. made porcelain between 1884 and 1909; it was purchased by Hutschenreuther in 1909 and the name changed. Artist’s initials, SK with a flourish, are on underside of cup.
Condition is excellent with no damage of any kind. There are some tiny dark marks inside the cup which appear to be flecks of stray paint. – This is a great find and will add a rare touch to your collection.
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