This is a tea set consisting of a teapot, sugar and creamer. The blank is Limoges. The maker is Paroutaud Freres. The decorator is the Chicago decorating studio of J.H. Stouffer. The date is circa 1906 to 1914.
The pot is 2 ¾” high and 8 ½” from spout-to-handle.
The sugar is 2 ¼” high and 6 ¾” from handle-to-handle.
The cream pitcher is 1 7/8” high and 5 ¾” from spout-to-handle.
The style of the blank is Art Deco with angular handles, shorter heights, and rounder bellies.
The Stouffer Decorating Studio was located on the southern side of Chicago, whereas the Pickard Studio was located on the northern side of Chicago. The one thing that the Stouffer studio is noted for is that they never copied a pattern from another decorating studio
Stouffer is famous for their work with gold trim. On this set, look carefully, as the spout on the teapot and creamer are painted in a platinum or silver, and all three pieces show contrasting bands of the platinum or silver next to the gold.
Over the gold are hand painted daisies with white petals, yellow, brown and black middles and small green leaves. The daisies are also painted on top of the lids.
Down each side is painted a gold and yellow urn, out of which spring the daisies that circle the upper body of each piece.
There are no chips, cracks or crazing. However, there is wear on the mouths where the lids rested and rubbed away the gold, some more gold wear on the mouth edges, and some gold wear on the handles; this wear is to be expected and the set is overall quite beautiful and shines with all of the gold.
The green maker’s mark is La Seynie followed by Limoges PP France. The red decorating mark is Hand Stouffer Painted.
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