This is a beautiful, as well as unique, set of 5 factory decorated porcelain fruit/sauce bowls. Originally there were six or more of these individual bowls accompanied by a larger serving bowl to transport the fruit or sauce to the dining table. Circa 1880-1900, the porcelain bowls are unmarked as to the maker; each is marked in gold script "337 and 19", which may designate the factory, pattern or decorator.
The individual bowls are square with paneled sides and gently scalloped rims. The rim, vertical stripes defining some of the panels, decorative corners and border surrounding the center is gold enamel. The center of each bowl portrays a different transfer winter scene of cottages, barren trees, lush pines, moonlight skies and an abundance of snow. Each of the scenes is given depth and definition by the use of hand painted snow in heavy white enamel. The fruit/sauce bowls measure 5" across the top, 3" across the base and 1 1/2" in depth. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; some wear to the applied gold highlights.