This fabulous hand painted porcelain set, circa 1910, was created for 'the man of the house' in a small home studio environment by two accomplished artists. The pieces are each decorated with the same theme of expertly detailed pine cones clinging to pine needle covered branches. The pallet of russet and brown shaded cones and needles along with several sprigs of green pine needles are beautiful against the muted colors of tan, brown, yellow and blue/green background shades.
The large under-tray measures 11 1/4" in length and 9 1/4"" in width. It is unmarked as to origin and is signed and dated 'Edna '10'.
The covered tobacco humidor, with a wonderful figural pipe finial, measures 6 1/2" in height and 5 1/4" in width. There are three 'hooks' in the lid to hold a moist sponge. There is a flake on the inside edge of the jar which does not impact the rim and is unseen with the lid in place. It is unmarked as to origin and is signed and dated on the base 'Edna F. Bacon '10' as well as initialed 'E' on the edge of the lid.
The footed cigarette vase measures 4 1/2" in height, 3 1/4" in length and 1 1/2" in width. It is unmarked as to origin and is signed and dated on the base 'Edna F. Bacon '10'.
The pipe holder measures 3 1/2" in length, 2 1/2" in width and 1 1/8" in height. It is unmarked as to origin and is initialed on the base 'EFB'.
The three-cigarette-holder ashtray could have been an addition to the set, although it matches wonderfully. It is stamped 'CT Altwasser - Silesia', circa 1900, and is signed on the base 'Mary Royer'.
The tray, cigarette vase and ashtray are decorated with gold rims; the humidor and pipe holder have dark brown rims.
This unique and rare smoking set is a 'one-of-a-kind' item in near mint condition with no cracks, chips or repairs, with the exception of the 'flake' previously mentioned.