This is a French Limoges hard paste porcelain demitasse tea set for one person. There is a teapot, open sugar, cream pitcher and platter.
The set is professionally hand painted, most likely at a decorating studio, and the artist’s signature is “Neal” and is signed beneath the birds on the sugar and the creamer.
The platter or tray is 13 ¾” long and 9 ¾” wide. It is large enough to hold the teapot, sugar and creamer, plus a teacup and saucer of one’s choice and a small dish to hold a scone or muffin. The birds are painted in beautiful detail. The gilding is raised, and done professionally by a master gilder. The Limoges whiteware mark is J.P./L. for Jean Pouyat. The bottom is bisque, or unglazed, which typically means it is a tray versus a platter.
The teapot is 6 ¼” long, 3” wide and 4 ½” high to the top of the handle. This is a one-person pot and holds 1 1/2 cups of hot tea. There are birds painted on one side and another bird on the lid. The other side of the pot has painted pink blossoms. There is raised gold on the handle, spout, rim and lid. The finial is painted gold.
The open sugar is 4 ½” long, 2 ½” wide and 3 ¼” high to the top of the handle. There are birds painted on one side and pink blossoms on the other side. There is raised gold on the handles and around the rim. The rim edge is painted gold.
The creamer is 4” long, 2 ¼” wide and 3 ¾” high to the top of the finial. There are birds painted on each side. There is raised gold on the handles and around the rim. The edge of the rim is painted gold.
The whiteware mark on the teapot, sugar and creamer is T&V inside a box followed by France and the whiteware maker is Tressemann & Vogt..
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. There is at most only a tiny bit of gold wear.
French Limoges Hand Painted Demitasse Solitaire Tea Set Artist Signed Birds Flowers c 1893 - 1907
USPS Priority Mail
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