Here is a matching set of cup and saucer in antique porcelain, made at the Vienna factory in the 18th century. The gilding is more elaborate than usual for Vienna, and shows an etcher’s fine hand in the tooling that has been added to the flowers in the gilt borders. The shell motif is molded in the porcelain and enhanced with gilding, along with scrolls along the upper rim. Four swags of flowers are suspended from the border, with a spray of narcissus, sweet William and primrose noteworthy in the center. This set has numerals impressed into the underside, but from the period before Vienna used systematic numbers to refer to the date. Both pieces have small repaired chips, which are shown in the photos. Other than that, there is extremely slight wear to the gilding and several specks of color have flown, perhaps in the firing, since there’s no sign of wear on the saucer. The intertwined handle is fully gilded and shows no wear. The saucer is five and a quarter inches across.
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Vienna Cup and Saucer with Tooled Gilding C1765