This is a beautiful hand painted and artist signed Meissen hard paste porcelain tea and toast, or tea cup and saucer under plate. The artist hand painted and signed the set, with the signature on the top of the under plate; the artist is the master china painter Franz B. Aulich and the artist is listed in the "Who Was Who In American Art."
The date is circa 1900.
This is one of two sets I have in my shop. The other set is painted and signed by a different listed artist, also a master china painter, and dated 1903.
Franz B. Aulich was a master china painter, who started his life in Europe, studied there, and ended up in the United States; he is considered to belong to a school of artists from the Western United States who were accomplished master painters on porcelain. Most of his work was done in the years of 1880 to 1912. Aulich had a school of porcelain art in Chicago, and the works of his students are highly sought after today. Much of Aulich's work was destroyed in the San Francisco earthquake of 1906, and so his work is rarely found for sale in today's antique market.
The under plate is 6 5/8". The cup is 2" by 2 ¾".
The saucer has a reticulated edge. The cup stands on a pedestal foot.
The artist's signature of F. B. Aulich is in red on the top of the under plate, near the rim, to the left of the cup ring.
The ground is shaded in the colors of brown, cream, pink and blue. Roses are painted on the cup and saucer in shades of pink, pale brown and white, with long stems and green leaves.
The edges are trimmed in gold. The pedestal of the cup and the handle are painted in gold. The gold edge trim on the saucer has some minor age wear.
The underside of the saucer has the impressed mark of Meissen, plus the impressed number one and the impressed number 37. The impressed mark was used on Meissen porcelain between the years of 1882 and 1925.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. There are some dark marks on the foot rest of the underside of the saucer, perhaps due to ink from being wrapped in a newspaper.
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