If you collect hand painted Dresden porcelain then you DO know how nearly impossible it is to find a set cups and saucers from the very prestigious porcelain manufactory of Carl Thieme in the Saxony Region of Germany.
We've never seen these extra large coffee cups and saucers. We recently acquired a nice estate and were pleasantly surprised to find these delightfully rare and pairings. The cups are large enough to serve soup! To give you an idea, we've include a picture with a tea cup and saucer for size reference.
Thieme established his decorating studio in 1860 where they painted white porcelain blanks. By 1872 his company began to produce its own porcelain. Thieme decorated in the well-love patterns of Meissen, Sevres and Vienna. He employed experienced artisans who were especially skilled in the area of porcelain painting. Realistic florals and botanicals from the old masters were closely copied from arrangements in books and from Meissen.
This excessively Rococo Revival styled, elaborately decorated plate displays individually painted botanical florals and meticulously hand applied gold embellishments.
The hand painted florals are permanently fused onto these cups and saucers. This form of decorative art requires practice, skill, diligence and experience. The absorbent surface has to be painted with great skill because a wrong stroke of the brush is difficult to correct. The paint represents a liquid paste that has been thinned with water and a syrup-like agent until it becomes the correct consistency for the artist's brush.
To further astound the artistic senses of the viewer.....there are about 50 individually hand cut piercings on the rim of each of the saucers! The four reticulated sections alternate with hand painted floral sprays.
As the finishing touch, the gold painter decorated the porcelain pieces with paint made from precious metals. The paint used was liquid polishing gold that emerged from the firing with a dull sheen which then required polishing.
We have many more Carl Thieme pieces than we have listed. If you send us a note, we will happily send you more pictures. (It is our hope to eventually get all the pieces listed so that you can just look!). We obviously love this series and keep a sharp eye on the look out. We never know when we'll find one or several!
The good news is that the Thieme factory is still alive and thriving in Dresden producing the same superior quality porcelain! The bad news is these vintage cups and saucers are no longer offered in their catalogue. We've corresponded with them several times and found that this "pattern" has not been produced since the early 1960's. The closest thing to it, is an espresso or demitasse pair, without the added hand cut reticulations and it is priced at $493.00 each! That would be almost $2000 for a set of four. (for $2700 you can have all 11!) We are very pleased to have acquired these much more reasonably and we are thus able to offer them to you at a significantly lower price.
Perfect condition 11 Reticulated Saucers 6.5" (16.5 cm) diameter
Perfect condition 11 Cups 4.5" (11.4 cm) diameter (excluding handles)
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