This is an unusual set of Royal Copenhagen hard paste porcelain, from Denmark. The set consists of an individual or demitasse teapot, chocolate pot – or perhaps coffee - , a sugar and a creamer; sometimes these pots are called a solitaire. This means the size is for one person. The date is circa 1889 to 1890.
The four pieces are of the same blank, or mold, with a twisted rope handle that spreads onto the body with a leaf shape and highlighted in gold trim. The finials appear to be applied to the lids, made separately from the blank, and each finial is a flower bud in delicate porcelain with a stem and leaves spreading out over the dome of the lids.
Each item has a decoration in shades of green of a landscape scene featuring buildings or ruins, along with trees and foliage. I do not know enough about Royal Copenhagen to determine if the decoration is hand painted or a transfer. There are no repeats of any of the patterns, if this information is helpful. There are also scattered roses, leaves and other flowers on each piece, including the lids, and also in shades of green.
I think there may be little nicks along the edges of the flower finials, but I am not certain because I don’t know what the finials looked like when first produced. There may have been a taller tip to the finial on the teapot, but again, maybe not, so please do zoom in on all of the photos carefully. One of the leaves on the lid of the sugar looks like the tip is gone, but then look carefully, and the edge is outlined in original gold, so that is how it came from the factory.
There are no other flaws, and what I pointed out with the finials may not be flaws at all. It is just that with such delicate applied porcelain flowers, with this amount of time, damage happens, so I am trying to be very careful with the description.
The gold trim is still bright and gleaming.
The teapot is 4 ¾” high and 7” from spout-to-handle. The chocolate pot is 6 ¾” high and 4 ¾” from spout-to-handle. The creamer is 4” high and 3 ¾” from spout-to-handle. The sugar is 4” high and 4 ½” from handle-to-handle.
The underside of each lid is marked with the three blue underglaze lines. The bottom of the teapot is marked with the underglaze three blue marks only, plus there may be an incised mark that was filled in with glaze. The chocolate pot on the bottom has the green underglaze mark of the crown with Royal above and Copenhagen below, followed by the three blue wavy lines, plus maybe an incised mark filled in with glaze. The creamer has the underglaze mark of Royal Copenhagen (no crown) followed by the three blue wavy lines, plus it looks like an incised number 10. The sugar has the three underglaze blue wavy lines, and it appears there may have been a round type of incised mark above the lines that filled in with glaze.
When the blue lines appear alone, the date range is 1870 to 1890. The green mark with the crown has a date range of 1889 to 1922. When putting all of the marks together, the years the marks have in common are 1889 – 1890, which dates this set to those years.
Again, if you are a Royal Copenhagen collector, please zoom in and look at all of the photos carefully. Do note there are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing, just maybe some niggles on the finials, and I am not certain about that.
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