This is a French Limoges hard paste porcelain demitasse tea set. The marker is Jean Pouyat. The date is circa 1906 to 1932.
The set consists of a small teapot, a sugar and a cream or milk pitcher.
The tea pot is 5” by 7 ½” and holds at the very most two cups of tea. The sugar is 4 ¼” by 5 ½”. The pitcher is 2 7/8” by 3 ¾”. Each piece is measured from spout-to-handle, or handle-to-handle.
The set is factory decorated with a transfer pattern of purple violets and green leaves and embellished by hand at the factory with strokes of white enamel in raised relief.
The rims, spouts, handles and finials are trimmed in gold.
The mold has a raised design in the porcelain at the top and bottom, finial and handles.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing. There is no obvious wear to the gold. The gold at the bottom is brushed on, not painted on, and is supposed to look the way it does.
The green underglaze maker’s mark is J.P. underscored by L. followed by France. The overglaze factory decorating mark is the wreath with J. Pouyat Limoges in gold print.
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