This is a German hard paste porcelain tete-a-tete tea set, consisting of one tray, one tiny teapot, and two tiny cups with saucers. The tray is marked on the underside and the maker is The Mosanic Pottery Max Emanuel & Co, located in Mitterteich, Bavaria, Germany. The date is the late 19th century, circa 1892.
The tray is 10 ¾” by 8 1/8”. The bottom is bisque or unglazed.
The teapot is 4 ½” high and 5 ½” wide from spout-to-handle.
The cups are 2” by 2”. The saucers have a 4” diameter.
The set is tiny, not a children’s or toy set, but a demitasse set. The pot holds around one cup of liquid and the tiny cups hold about 4 ounces of liquid. I am estimating the amounts; I haven’t actually done any measurements with water.
The patterns are factory decorated, with a purple-red outline and the colors applied by hand. There is a flying songbird, purple and yellow blossoms, green leaves and blue water. The pattern is on the front of the teapot, the top of the tray, and on two sides of each cup. There are some strokes of white enamel in raised relief. There is additional gold trim, with wear to the gold on the edges of the tray and the cups and saucers.
There are no chips, nicks, cracks or crazing.
The maker’s mark is one of 3 sabers with the words Made in Germany.
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