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Carl Thieme Hand Painted Porcelain Cabinet Cup & Saucer - Rare!
Delicate and oh, so pretty!
This cup and saucer are paper thin. We can see the marks on the bottom THROUGH the inside when we hold them up to a light!
This pattern isn't the typical Carl Theme Dresden Flowers style of decoration that we find. We love the cobalt blue 1/2" wide scalloped ribbon that undulated on both the saucer and cup. That ribbon is outlined top & bottom with raised gold decorations, each stroke hand applied with care!
This rare pair were distributed in the US by the Gump Company of San Francisco (so says the mark on the bottom of the saucer). The cup has the blue Carl Thieme Dresden mark.
The quality of the actual painting is excellent and the flowers more profuse and detailed than in later pieces.
Although he'd been a successful antique dealer his love of porcelain lead him to establish 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 cup and saucer display individually painted botanical florals and meticulously hand applied gold embellishments.
The hand painted florals are permanently fused (the paints are coloured glass and melted in the kiln) onto these plates, saucers, cups, etc. 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.
As the finishing touch, the gold painter decorated the porcelain pieces with paint made from precious metals.
Lovely condition...no cracks, hairlines, chips or flakes. Gold unworn.
Saucer 5 1/2" diameter (14cm)
Cup 3 1/2" diameter x 2" tall (9 x 5cm)
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