Here is an impressive antique porcelain set decorated with a black band above classical scrolls that are reminiscent of the frescos unearthed in Pompeii in the late 18th century. The shapes are more typical of French porcelain in the period around 1805-10. The colors are red, blue, green and gilding. The two pieces are unmarked, leaving the maker open to conjecture. I lean toward one of the old Paris factories but there’s a chance it’s continental. There are small firing flaws on the bottom of the cup. Speaking of firing flaws, there was a small pit in the well of the saucer that has been covered in gilt with a tiny leaf—too small to tell if it’s a fig leaf or not—and the gilder added three more leaves to make it look more symmetrical. The saucer is four and seven-eighths inches across, so the set is rather small. Very slight surface wear.
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