We can't tell you for sure whether this cup and saucer come to you from Klemm, Donath, Lorenz or Hamann. Please read on..........
The mark is a blue crown with "dresden" below. This is one of the more amusing marks from the great era of Dresden porcelains! As the story goes, there were FOUR decorating studios located in the Dresden area that went into the government office on the same day and at the same time....and all four registered their company as the owner of the identical mark! More interesting, is that the office accepted the registrations. Thus, for a period of ten years (1883-1893) all four studios used the same mark. The only way to determine the likelihood of which company is to recognize the artist's style or to find the same plate with another mark on the back!
So, to make an interesting story a bit shorter, the decoration studio for these outstanding pieces was either: Richard Klemm, Donath & Co, Oswald Lorenz or Adolph Hamann.
Confused? Here's a bit more.... In 1916, Donath merged with Klemm, lasted two years, merged with R. Wehsner and was then taken over by C.M. Hutschenreuther!
THIS lovely and delicate duo predate that confusion!
By the way, did you notice they are nearly transparent?
The decorating studio's artist carefully painted the blue crown and word "Dresden" over the porcelain manufactory's mark. In this case it is easily seen and is the mark of the Ohme factory. You can see it underneath the saucer. You can understand why the cup is unmarked when you look closely at the flutings and the hand painted floret on the base.
No chips, cracks or hairlines.
Saucer diameter is 5 1/2" (13.8 cm)
Cup is 3 3/4" diameter x 1 3/4" tall. (9.4 x 4.4 cm)
(We've included a picture with a demitasse set so you can get an idea of the proportions.)
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