This is a beautiful hand painted and master china artist signed Meissen hard paste porcelain tea and toast, or tea cup and saucer under plate. The artist hand painted and signed the set in three places; the artist is Ida C. Failing and she is listed in the "Who Was Who In American Art."
This is one of two sets of the Meissen tea and toast cup and saucers that I have in my shop. The other set is painted and signed by a different listed American artist, who is even a more well-known master china painter.
Ida Failing was an artist and illustrator in Colorado, 1857 to 1918, and recognized as an artist in the school of Western state artists; she is best known for her illustration of the 1902 book "Buttercups and Clover, and Other Verses" by Arthur Ward.
Failing owned her own decorating studio. Her signed pieces of porcelain are rarely found for sale in today's antique market.
For this set, the artist's signature is hand enameled in gold inside the cup ring on the under plate and it reads as "Ida C. Failing." The underside of the saucer has the same signature, except it is faded and can only be seen in strong sunlight; I was not able to photograph this second signature; it is in the well of the underside of the saucer near the foot rim. The third signature is on the underside of the saucer in blue overglaze and is a monogram of the artist's signature, showing as ICF with a D below and the number 19 to the left and 03 to the right, showing that Failing painted and signed this set in 1903.
The under plate is 6 5/8". The cup is 2" by 2 ¾".
The saucer has a reticulated edge and the ground is blue on the reticulation.
The artist painted flowers are beautifully executed and are pink wild roses with yellow and green middles. The vines are green with thorns.
The cabochon turquoise jewels are in three places on the saucer and in three places on the cups. The gold around the jewels is raised, not flat, and quite rich and sumptuous. Inside the mouth of the cup are two borders of gold that are flat.
The underside of the saucer shows an impressed mark of "Meissen" along with a number "1." The impressed mark was used between the years of 1882 and 1925.
This set is beautifully and professionally painted on delicate, gorgeous porcelain and it shows that Ida Failing used many mediums, including porcelain, to express her art. Ida Failing's work in any medium is rare.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.