Here is a wonderful teabowl and saucer made at the Vienna factory in the 18th century. This very successful design is adapted from Japanese ceramics and shows various oriental motifs such as prunus branches and gilded Asian flowers. The saucer, which is a little more than five and a quarter inches across, has the impressed numbers 32 and the incised numbers 84. Those are clear. The cup, from what I can tell, has an impressed 85, and an incised something-3. That’s as clear as I can make them out. The painter’s number 20 appears next to the blue Vienna shield on both pieces. This set is from late in the 18th century but hearkens back to the earliest designs used at Vienna—before European styles had developed—when the royal Austrian porcelain factory desired to imitate Asian porcelain. Perhaps this set was made up for a client to replace a broken set from those early days. In any event, it is utterly charming and the soft colors are entrancing. There is some light wear, barely discernible, to the decoration on the saucer, but no chips, cracks or damage.
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