This is a professionally artist hand painted tea set. All of the whiteware is made by Haviland & Co. except the tray is made by Jean Pouyat; both whiteware makers are French Limoges companies. The artist did not sign the pieces. The set appears to be decorated professionally at a studio. The date is the last part of the 19th century, circa 1890 to 1896.
There is a teapot, four demitasse cups and saucers, a sugar, a creamer and the tray. The cream pitcher has a chip on the rim and I point to this flaw with a red arrow.
The Haviland blank is Ranson.
The teapot has a straight spout. It is 7 ½” to the top of the finial and 8” spout-to-handle.
The tray is 16” by 11”.
The sugar is 4 ¾” to the top of the finial and 6” handle-to-handle.
The cream pitcher is 4” high and 3 ¼” wide at the bottom.
The cups are 3 1/8” by 3” and the saucers are 5” wide.
The dahlia flowers are pink and yellow with green leaves and long trailing stems. On the tray only there are flying bees. The artist used a soft pink or blue ground in places for emphasis, versus a gold trim. However there is gold trim around the edges and bottoms.
The bottom of the tray is bisque, or unglazed.
There is slight wear to the gold trim. There is the one rim chip on the cream pitcher that I already mentioned. There are no other chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
The green underglaze mark on the Haviland pieces is H&Co L France. The mark on the tray is J.P. underscored by L with Patented (and a blurred date) above and France below.
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