This is an exceptionally fine set of Bohemian glass, made in the late 1800s. The demitasse would have been used for espresso, probably served with a small piece of afternoon cake. The larger saucer would likely go with a regular sized coffee cup; these three pieces were sold to the previous owner as a set without a coffee cup and we decided to keep them together as they definitely match in color and pattern. And they certainly look beautiful displayed together.
Each piece is decorated with alternating gold panels. The gold panels have delicate enameled blue and white flowers, green leaves and little coral colored dots. The cranberry panels are decorated with gold foliage. The cup handle is also gold covered, as are the rims of both dishes. This set was sold to the previous owner as having been made by the Moser company; however because it is not signed, and because there were other very fine glass houses in the Bohemian region making high quality glass like this, we are not able to positively identify the maker.
SIZE: The cup is about 1 5/8” tall, with a base diameter of 1” and a top diameter of 1 3/8”. The small saucer’s diameter is 3 3/8”, while the larger saucer’s diameter is 5 ¼”.
CONDITION: The condition of all three pieces is excellent. We see no chips, cracks or significant scratches. Both gold and enameling is close to 100% intact. There is one small spot on the rim of the larger saucer where gold is missing and the white under-enamel shows through, and a little rubbing of the gold just below that. Otherwise this is in amazing condition considering its 100+ years.
These gorgeous pieces come from the estate of Phil’s mom, who was a passionate collector of American Brilliant cut glass and other fine art glass.